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Step 5: Closing the Loop

"Closing the Loop" encompasses analyzing results from outcome assessments, using results to make changes to improve student learning, and re-assessing outcomes in order to determine the effect those changes had on student learning. For examples of how programs can use results to improve student learning and report on these improvements, see Sample Entries - Use of Results to Improve Student Learning.

  • Analyzing Test Results - Information on how to identify potentially misleading or flawed test items, create a test blueprint for matching test items to course learning outcomes, analyze how well students achieved learning outcomes, use this information to improve learning (Community College of Alleghany County).
  • Closing the Assessment Loop - Using data to improve academic programs (F. Burrack, Kansas State University).
  • Communicating Assessment Results Answers the who, what, how, to whom of summarizing and presenting data (Virginia Assessment Group 2005 Spring Drive-In).
  • Interpreting Data & “Closing the Loop” - Addresses all aspects of closing the loop: presenting results, interpreting results, making recommendations, implementing and documenting changes with example of assessment loop (Loyola Marymount University).
  • Making Sense of Assessment Results – Linda Suskie’s PowerPoint includes clarifying your audience and purpose, defining success, identifying big, useful news, and sharing news clearly and succinctly (2011).
  • Making Student Learning Evidence Transparent the State of the Art - Sections will cover the impact of national transparency initiatives, the changing landscape of transparency, the display of assessment results and their subsequent use, and a synthesis of the previous three sections (Jankowski & Provezis 2011).
  • Ten Steps to Analyzing Your Results – Succinct guide to analyzing assessment data (UVA workshop).
  • Why Aren't We Closing the Loop? - Identifying and Resolving Common Problems that Impact the Assessment Cycle (King 2012).