Student Assessment

Student assessment is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. The following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you develop and implement high-quality assessment. This page is under development; additional resources and tags will be added in summer 2018. 

Incorporating Assessment

Do-it-Yourself: Six Tips for Designing Group Work Evaluations
Wallgren and Lindbeck, ACTE Techniques Magazine, January 2017

CBE in CTE: The Perfect Fit
Helser, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2016

Accelerated Learning Opportunities and Prior Learning Assessment
Foster and Gielczyk, ACTE Techniques Magazine, April 2015

The CRTC SPUR Process
Rothenberg, ACTE Techniques Magazine, April 2014

Multi-Rater Feedback: Improving Students’ Readiness for the OR
Wachter and Lion, ACTE Techniques Magazine, March 2016

Performance Assessment

Quality Performance Assessment: Harnessing the Power of Teacher and Student Learning
Brown and Mevs, Center for Collaborative Education and Nellie Mae Education Foundation, February 2012

Developing a Performance Assessment System from the Ground Up: Lessons Learned from Three Linked Learning Pathways
Jaquith, Martin and Johnston, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, February 2014

Industry-recognized Credentials

CTE’s Role in Workplace Readiness Credentials
ACTE, 2008

National Certification: A Differentiator for Health Science Graduates
McDonald, ACTE Techniques Magazine, Nov/Dec 2014

Student Success, Step by Step
Skaggs, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2013

Credentials—One Tool for Retaining Students
Bloomfield et. al, ACTE Techniques Magazine, February 2013

The Promise of Digital Badges
Foster, ACTE Techniques Magazine, November/December 2013

The Practicality of Digital Badges
Foster, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2014

Stackable Credentials Tool Kit
Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, April 2018

How is Career Readiness Assessed?
McMurrer, Frizzell and McIntosh, Center on Education Policy, October 2013

Measuring Technical and Academic Achievement: Employer/Certification Examinations’ Role in High School Assessment
Southern Regional Education Board, 2009

Evaluating Credentialing Systems: Implications for Career-Technical Educators
Mahlman and Austin, The Ohio State University, 2002

Alternative Credentials: Prior Learning 2.0
Buban, Online Learning Consortium Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership, March 2017

Four Ways to Increase the Value of Short-term Credentials: A Guide for Community Colleges
Buckwalter, Jobs for the Future, December 2017