Designing Learner-Centered Assessments
Throughout this course, we have looked at ways to make assessment more learner-centered.
When the assessment is learner-centered, it engages students in examining their own learning.
The learner-centered assessment utilizes authentic assessments, self-assessment, and self-reflection in cooperative, collaborative, supportive environments. Learner-centered assessment
is also reliant on immediate, descriptive feedback from the teacher or facilitator.
This module’s presentations suggested the best way to learn more about learner-centered
assessment is to pilot such a test or exam using the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle (LaLopa,
In Module 4 Application, you will create and pilot a learner-centered assessment using the
PDSA cycle. Suggestions for an assessment include peer tutoring, editing, or assessing; oral presentations; journal writing; self-assessment; or a reflection paper. You may use one of these or your own idea.
Facilitate practices to promote assessment literacy and emphasize student participation
Describe the characteristics of learner-centered assessment and the importance of
feedback in formative assessment.
1) Save and print the Module 4 Application PDF.
2) Create a 3-page Word or text document for your response. Use 12-point Arial or Times New
3) Use APA (6th edition) format for the title page, references page, and in-text citations.
4) Write an introduction and conclusion for your paper.
5) Follow the “Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)” directions to complete the assignment.
6) Follow the directions to submit your final Word or text document.
In this Application, you will use the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle developed by management
expert W. Edwards Deming to develop and pilot a learner-centered assessment.
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State your objective for the assessment.
From the presentations, readings, and outside resources, define the criteria for the learner-centered assessment you are designing.
Describe the students who will serve as your pilot group. Provide group size, grade level,
and demographic data.
Predict how your assessment will impact learners and the learning process.
How will you carry out the cycle? (Who? What? When? Where?)
How do you plan to collect data?
Develop the learner-centered assessment. Describe the development process. Include the assessment in your paper.
Assemble your pilot group, and administer the assessment.
Analyze data. What were the results?
How did the results compare to your predictions?
Did the assessment provide the intended benefits for students?
How will you intervene if students did not achieve the intended results?
Summarize what you learned.
Based on the results, do you plan to revise the assessment? If so, why? If not, why not?
How will you use the assessment in the next cycle?