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Culturally Responsive Assessment Tools and Strategies

Equity Minded Assessment | National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

  • See “Equity Case Studies” for examples from which others can learn and to continue to dialogue on equitable assessment in higher education.

Assessment - Inclusive Pedagogy Toolkit | Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University

This is just one component of CNDLS’s Inclusive Pedagogy Toolkit focused on the following:

  • Being explicit about your assessment criteria and how they relate to learning goals, and sharing successful examples.
  • Thinking beyond tests and papers; giving students multiple ways and repeated opportunities to reflect upon and demonstrate their learning and growth.
  • Creating opportunities for students to make their learning visible to the full learning community to help build solidarity as opposed to competition around assessment.
  • Creating low-stakes opportunities for students to practice before they are asked to perform.

Assessment, Grading and Feedback | Eberly Center Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University


Grading and Feedback

Examples and considerations on how to:

  • Incorporate low stakes opportunities for practice and feedback
  • Reduce stereotype threat
  • Avoid assignment prompts that may marginalize students
  • Provide choice, creativity, flexibility for assignments
  • Respect different “ways of knowing”
  • Make expectations clear to students
  • Don’t reward or penalize perspectives or opinions
  • Grade anonymously
  • Grade one question at a time rather than one student at time
  • Provide flexibility in grading policies