Curriculum-Based Assessment Examples

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Curriculum-based assessment is designed to measure the progress of students in the basics of academics. Get more info and see some examples of how to accurately study the performance of students.

What is a Curriculum?

Everyone who refers to themselves as teachers, educators or instructors will, at some point, have to establish a curriculum. This is essentially their academic outline; a summary of what can be expected in their classroom or program (those of you in college may think of a syllabus as a curriculum). Mapping out a plan for a semester or school year may seem like a simple idea, but having to pick and choose what material to teach within the confines of a specific time period is not as simple as it sounds. In some cases, a curriculum may refer to the standards established by a government or educational organization, and assessments of these may be different than the ordinary tests and exams given by instructors.

How to Perform a Curriculum-Based Assessment

Although it sounds redundant, curriculum-based assessment is precisely what it seems like: an analysis of how a student fares according to the established academic plan. This can be performed in a number of methods: a student's ability to read a passage of text out loud is quickly assessed, or a small set of math problems are given to a student and then checked for accuracy as well as how the student reached the answer.

How to Utilize Assessments

For curriculum-based assessments, frequent measurements can be taken and plugged into spreadsheets or graphs to see where a student needs the most focus, or where an individualized approach can be taken to improve the student's performance. The resulting data, whether it is done by a professional or inside a classroom through a peer review process, can also be stored and tracked as years pass and standards of education change; for example, one may use test scores following Common Core material and stack them against twenty years prior, when the original curricula of varying states were still in practice. To learn more about a variety of assessment techniques for teachers, check out the chapter on assessments in curriculum.

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