German Discipline Assessment 2006-2007
Scope of assessment activities
___√___ Pre- and post-testing
______ Outside the classroom
______ Across the discipline
Direct measures of student learning
______ Capstone experience
______ Portfolio assessment
___√__ Standardized tests
___√__ Performance on national licensure, certification or
______ Qualitative internal and external juried review
of comprehensive senior projects
______ Externally reviewed exhibitions and performances in
______ External evaluation of performance during internships
Discussion and Description
Discipline goals, direct measures, and improved student learning
1. German discipline learning objectives
á Comprehension and speaking in the target language.
á Reading skills.
á Reasoning and writing skills (includes word processing).
á Cultural immersion through study abroad programs.
The assessment plan lists expected outcomes for each objective.
2. Course-embedded assessment. Pre-test/post-test.
Beginning German. A placement test is administered to students who have had previous experience with German and wish to enroll in German at UMM. It is administered again at the end of second semester of beginning German. Results for the second administration are used for two purposes:
i. to gauge student learning during the year of beginning German.
ii. to gauge student readiness for advanced work in German.
The first purpose is undermined to some degree because not all students who enroll in beginning German take the placement test, some because they have had no previous experience with the language, and some for reasons that are not clear. However, all who take the pre-test show improvement on the post-test.
The results of the first adminstration of the placement test are used to recommend whether the student should enroll in first-, second- or third-year courses. Hence, the results of the second administration can also be interpreted as a measure of the studentŐs readiness for advanced work. For students finishing beginning German in the springs of 2005 and 2006, 34.3% tested at the first-, 51.4 % at the second-, and 14.3 % at the third-year level.
Additional information about assessment in German may be found in the German assessment report in the appendices.
General education categories spanned by the discipline
German courses carry one of the following general education designators: FL, foreign language; IP, international perspective; ArtP, artistic performance; or Hum, communication, language, literature, and philosophy. Directed study and the senior project carry no general education designator.