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The Handbook

The KCC Assessment Handbook provides you with information to successfully develop and complete classroom, course and program assessments. You'll find examples of assessment techniques, report forms and answers to often-asked questions. Here is an outline of the contents:

What is assessment and why should I assess?

The Introduction explains the purpose of assessment and includes levels of assessment used at Kankakee Community College.

How do I define and develop student learning outcomes?

Chapter 1 provides you with an overview for writing measureable course and program student learning outcomes. It stresses the importance of defining expectations and standards and includes how to make revisions to existing outcomes in order to assure each statement is clear.

What is a CAT - classroom assessment technique?

Chapter 2 is a short explanation and examples of CATs. Faculty use CATS for immediate feedback on how students learned at the end of particular module or unit.

How do I plan for course assessment?

Chapter 3 provides ten steps to tailor an assessment plan to match the learning outcomes of your course.

How do I plan for program assessment?

Chapter 4 is for individuals needing assistance in developing plans for program assessment from beginning to end.

What is an appropriate method of assessment?

Chapter 5 includes guidelines for selecting appropriate methods of assessment that can help identify strategies and methods to collect assessment data.

How do I use results to improve courses and programs?

Chapter 6 describes how to apply results and close the loop of assessment.


  1. Assessment forms for planning assessment and report forms for course, program, and general education assessment
  2. Examples of verbs and learning outcome statements following Bloom’s Taxonomy
  3. Example questions using Blooms taxonomy
  4. CATs Toolkit
  5. Examples of Rubrics or Primary Trait Scales