Equity and Assessment
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Equitable assessments allow for diverse ways of demonstrating achievement. Rubrics, which help instructors gauge student learning, skills development, and acquisition of learning outcomes, provide criteria by which to assess whether or not the learning outcome was demonstrated.
- Using rubrics – We all have implicit biases. But creating a rubric helps us to establish (mostly) objective criteria by which we can score a student’s performance. A common rubric also helps to promote consistency between faculty scoring the same assignment in different sections, and empowers students by affirming that anyone who meets the standards will succeed.
- Share with your students the rubrics and expectations you have for them. Don’t assume that they will somehow know.
"Rubrics, when they undergo a culturally conscious development process and are shared with students, can be a way to accurately assess learning for all students while allowing variation in how the learning is demonstrated" (Montenegro & Jankowski, 2017).
Montenegro, E., Jankowski, N. A., & National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2017). Equity and Assessment: Moving towards Culturally Responsive Assessment. Occasional Paper #29. In National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.
Association of American Colleges & Universities: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) Value Rubrics
Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment. BLOG
Montenegro, E., Jankowski, N. A., & National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2017). Equity and Assessment: Moving Towards Culturally Responsive Assessment. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.
Montenegro, E., Jankowski, N. A., & National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2020). A New Decade for Assessment: Embedding Equity into Assessment Praxis. Occasional Paper #42. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.
LA Mission College Student Equity Access and Success (SEAS) Committee. Home page
LA Mission College Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE). Student Equity Reports.