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Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)
The assessment movement over the last decade asks two fundamental questions: (1) How well are students learning? And (2) how effectively are teachers teaching? These questions can be addressed utilizing classroom assessment, a component of classroom research. Angelo and Cross (1993, p. 3) suggest:
Through close observation of students in the process of learning, the collections of frequent feedback on students' learning, and the design of modest classroom experiments, classroom teachers can learn much about how students learn and, more specifically, how students respond to particular teaching approaches. Classroom Assessment helps individual college teachers obtain useful feedback on what, how much, and how well their students are learning. Faculty can then use this information to refocus their teaching to help students make their learning more efficient and more effective.