In this article, Steven Mintz asks:
How can we make assessment more meaningful?
Rigorous assessment is central to education. It tells us whether our students are mastering essential skills and knowledge and whether our teaching is effective.
But grading also provokes much grousing.
Many students complain that grading is arbitrary, inconsistent, and unfair, while many instructors grumble about grade inflation, the excessive amount of time devoted to grading, and the many complaints that grading prompts.
How can we make assessment at FHSU more meaningful? What role does assessment play in Liberal Education? What do we want to grade? What other approaches to grading can we use at FHSU?