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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

2014 September

Measuring Student Learning

An option for measuring student learning is to have students take the final exam during the first week in class, without grading them on it. At the end of the term give them that same exam again and compare the results. According to Linda B. Nilson, PhD, founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, that while letting students see their final exam makes some teachers nervous, most students don?t remember any of the questions, and if they do, it simply helps them focus in on what you feel is important for them to know.