Assessment and Testing

13 Alternatives to Traditional Testing

A drawing of a frustrated test-taker with following written beside, showing the limitation of testing: "I study, I take the test, I pass it, I forget what I learned."


A. “Alternatives to Traditional Testing” (web page) outlines 13 “reasonable alternatives to traditional tests” (or 12 for final essays!).

  • These alternate assessment strategies may be "advantageous to promote student learning and be more authentic means of students demonstrating what they have learned at the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (synthesis, analysis, evaluation).”

B. The 13 explained alternatives to traditional testing include the following:

VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) Sample Rubrics

Decorative: Rubric word cloud


A. VALUE Rubric Development Project: The Association of American College & Universities' (AACU) "VALUE initiative in 2007-09 involved teams of faculty and other educational professionals from over 100 higher education institutions engaged over many months to develop 16 VALUE rubrics for the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes."

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