Assessment & evaluation

Although assessment and evaluation have distinct meanings, both offer a means by which we can receive feedback on our work. What follows are resources and programs to support the provision of feedback for both students and faculty.

Assessing Student Learning

Assessing Prior Knowledge

Discover your students’ prior knowledge to better design and target your instruction.

Asking Good Test Questions

Develop effective test questions that align with the learning outcomes for your course.

Peer Assessment

Help students develop skills to assess and provide constructive peer assessment feedback to others.


Guide students in how to use self-assessment to critique and improve their own work.

Using Rubrics

Use rubrics to design scoring guides and expectations for student assignments and assessments. Create faster and more consistent grading systems for you and your teaching assistants or teaching team.

Measuring Student Learning

Measure student learning to determine whether students have indeed learned what you intended.

Assessing Your Instructional Practice

Class Observations

Arrange for a Center teaching support specialist to perform a class observation and give you feedback.

Mid-Semester Feedback Program

This confidential program assists faculty members in obtaining student feedback about the course at a point in the semester where there is still time to adapt and improve.

Documenting Teaching with a Teaching Portfolio

Use a teaching portfolio to collect information about your continuing development as a teacher for the purposes of self-reflection and improvement, as well as to document your commitment to teaching for application or promotion files.

Peer Review of Teaching

Faculty members use peer review of teaching to observe and learn from each other through the Cornell Teaching Partnership Program.