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Course Embedded Assessment

Course embedded assessment is an effective way to assess student learning, because it is authentic. Student work samples are taken directly from the assignments or exams that they take in class as a regular part of the course requirements. Because students are performing this work as part of the class, it is not an "add-on" for the students or the faculty. There is no issue of maintaining student motivation to perform, because they are already motivated by their desire to achieve in the class and to receive a good grade.

Course embedded assessment usually employs scoring rubrics, or guidelines developed by the faculty to create a match between the scoring methodology and the learning objectives that have been established for the course. Rubrics can be developed by a group of faculty members, and then used by individuals to assess student performance on specified course assignments. The outcome of student performance on these assignments then becomes part of the assessment data. Some faculty choose to use the rubrics for grading as well, but this is optional.


  • Questions embedded in course exams, including unit tests, midterms or finals
  • Common questions in tests given across multiple sections of the same course
  • Rubrics to grade class projects, papers or presentations
  • Pre and post tests
  • Written assignments, homeworks

You can read more about course embedded assessment at the following websites:

» Virginia Assessment

» USU Embedded