Assessment is any effort to gather, analyze, and interpret evidence that describes institutional, departmental, divisional, or agency effectiveness, and has the purpose of improving student learning and development.

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) engages in the assessment of student learning and program improvement through the comprehensive work of the Assessment Committee, which was formed in Fall 2006.  The GSE Assessment Committee meets regularly to oversee the planning and implementation of our assessment system.

Through program assessment, the GSE seeks to:

  • Support candidate learning. GSE students should experience assessments that make clear our expectations, reflect state and national standards, and give them useful feedback about their knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
  • Verify each candidate's qualifications. The GSE takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that the teachers, counselors, and administrators we prepare are adequately equipped to assume the roles for which they are hired in schools and agencies throughout Oregon.
  • Verify program effectiveness. In a time of some public skepticism about higher education, we need to have data to tell our story more convincingly than we have done in the past.
  • Identify areas for program improvement. We need to identify not only those things that we do well, but also those areas in which we need to do better. We are committed to quality.