HEPC 2012 - Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has developed a plan for learning outcomes assessment for the Massachusetts system of public colleges and universities that does not rely on a single standardized test. The Massachusetts assessment alternative would build statewide assessments from campus assessments using Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes and VALUE Rubrics as a common framework and from other commonly used direct and indirect measures such as licensure exams and student surveys. The goal of the Massachusetts work is to improve student learning by finding a way to resolve the tensions between campus-based formative assessment and state system accountability-based assessment. Massachusetts would also like to build a partnership with other states—the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment—to develop models for presentation of assessment results at the state level that allow for public reporting and comparisons across states. 

Date: 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Presented by: 
Patricia Crosson, Senior Advisor for Academic Policy, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education