Difference Between Evaluation and Assessment
Summary: The Difference Between Evaluation and Assessment is that assessment focuses on learning, teaching and outcomes. It provides information for improving learning and teaching while evaluation focuses on grades and may reflect classroom components other than course content and mastery level.
Evaluation focuses on grades and may reflect classroom components other than course content and mastery level. These could include discussion, cooperation, attendance, and verbal ability.
Assessment focuses on learning, teaching and outcomes. It provides information for improving learning and teaching. Assessment is an interactive process between students and faculty that informs faculty how well their students are learning what they are teaching. The information is used by faculty to make changes in the learning environment, and is shared with students to assist them in improving their learning and study habits. This information is learner-centered, course based, frequently anonymous, and not graded.
Dimension of Difference
Content: timing, primary purpose
- Assessment: Formative: ongoing, to improve learning.
- Evaluation: Summative: final, to gauge quality.
Orientation: focus of measurement
- Assessment: Process-oriented: how learning is going.
- Evaluation: Product-oriented: what’s been learned.
Findings: uses thereof
- Assessment: Diagnostic: identify areas for improvement
- Evaluation: Judgmental: arrive at an overall grade/score