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Student Learning Outcomes- Assessing Student Performance- Checklist, Rating Scales, and Rubrics

Brenda Moore, Georgia Perimeter College

From Learning Goals to Outcomes

Providing Authentic Assessments

Simplicity of a Checklist

  • Usefulness:

  • Observing Performance

    • Short presentations

    • Class/group discussion

    • On-line Chats

  • Defining a elements of a simple task/assignment

  • Tracking student progress overtime

  • Combination with Rubrics or Rating Scales

Selecting Interview Criteria

  • Identify Specific Tasks

    • Interview a friend who of the same gender and similar age, who is sexually active

    • Explain which contraceptive devices the friend uses and rationale for use

    • Describe the friends’ sense of responsibility regarding spread of disease and unwanted pregnancies.

    • Discuss if/how the friend communicates with his/her partner regarding use of contraception.

Interview Checklist (yes/no)

Defining Performance

  • Presentation is 2-3 minutes in length

  • Limited use notes/slides as talking points and does not read from aids

  • Speaks clearly, with appropriate volume

  • Asks for and answers questions as posed by audience

Checklist (yes/no)


Students can take ownership by assisting with the creation of these criteria


Includes relevant class concepts

Asks questions

Shows respect


  • Ease of use and construction

  • Close alignment with task

  • Help you and students identify specific criteria for their tasks and performance.

  • Do not assess the relative quality of a student's performance

Rating Scales=Added Dimension

Advantages of using rating scales?

  • Makes grading more consistent and fair

  • Saves time in the grading process

  • Define student strengths/weaknesses and level of understanding

  • Clearly communicates to students expectations and criteria for grading

Rating Scales



Provide judgment about quality and or qualifiers

Using a scale of 1-10 makes the scoring easier and is in keeping with common notions about better performance and higher scores.

  • Clear expectations regarding outcomes, and objectives

  • Identify what that will be graded

  • For each factor construct a 1-10 point scale

Student Presentation – Expectations/Criteria for Grading

  • 5-10 Slides

  • Select one of the nutritional topics (Healthy Weight, Healthy Eating Plate, Staying Active Preventing Diabetes, What Should I Eat, or Salt and Sodium) highlighted on the Harvard Nutrition Website.

  • Presentation should be: factual, creative, innovative, appropriate for college audience

  • Focus on quick messages and visual appeal

Student Presentation – Six Slides

Quick Message/Visual Appeal


Consistent Images with Factual Messages is an innovative approach

Last Message has visual appeal

References Provided

Participation in Discussion

  • How often does the student

    participate in class discussion?

  • How often does student’s input and participation add dimension and value to class discussion?

Student Report

  • Organization:

Assessment Rubrics

Focus on meeting defined


Use range to rate


Contain specific

characteristics defining levels

of achievement

Rubrics - Types

  • Holistic – quick look at body of work (first impression)

  • Analytic – specific multidimensional feedback

  • General – used for a variety of situations

  • Task specific – one use

Why Rubrics?

Enhance Teaching/ Learning


Clear expectations – improved performance

Students assess their own work

Creates Clarity

Saves time

Feedback for teachers and students

Why Rubrics: Checklist

Creating Rubrics

Assignment:Create Contraceptive Advertisement

  • Inclusions - Criteria

    • 3-4 minute presentation (sales pitch)

    • Defined audience for advertising (teen, young married couple, parent helping child with options,

      Couple with family in place)

    • Use creative language, pictures, strategies

    • Benefits/strengths of product highlighted and disclaimer mentioned

    • References (2-3) included in presentation.

Marketing/Sales Pitch ( ) grade

Specific and Fun

Tips for Use

  • Include a space for your grade on the rubric

  • Give a copy to students in advance

  • Require students to attach rubric to their completed assignment

  • Highlight achieved level for each criteria

  • Make comments on the rubric

Outcomes That Matter

  • Greater student retention

  • Greater student engagement and enthusiasm

  • Greater student cooperation

  • Greater utilization of critical thinking skills a much needed area of improvement

  • Greater recognition of student understanding and need for content clarification


  • Rubrics


  • Rating Scales

  • All have a place in authentic assessments of student learning

  • Can be modified and/or created to assess a variety of student performances

  • Clearly answer the student question(s)

    • What am I suppose to do?

    • How am I suppose to do it?

    • How will I be graded?

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