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Support Student Success: Assess Thinking Skills

Student success depends on critical thinking skills & mindset - Insight Assessment

Being willing and able to think well, engaging important issues and resolving key problems, is vital for student academic success.

When thinking skills and mindset are well matched to the demands of the academic program, student retention and graduations rates rise, and students more successfully reach career and life goals. That's why educators are committed to helping students develop these critical thinking skills and habits of mind, and why educational resources are being dedicated to support teaching and learning centers and personalized advising programs.  

Regardless of degree program, strong critical thinking predicts college success, professional licensure, job hire, and government service rank.

Strength in essential reasoning skills and learning orientation attributes is a solid foundation for student success initiatives. Incorporating thinking assessment provides value to individual students and the entire student body.

The reliable and objective data delivered in the Insight Assessment  report package includes individual test taker reports as well as comprehensive group analytics.

Our clients use individual student assessments to guide placement and learning support; they depend on the group metrics for the overall assessment of programs, curricula and to demonstrate the achievement of learning objectives.  

For example, students benefit from well-designed program of thinking assessment data:

  • Personal Development: A measure of overall critical thinking skills, benchmarked against a national comparison group, helps the individual to make a realistic assessment of their strengths and weaknesses in critical thinking; individual skills assessment informs them about what types of thinking exercises will be most beneficial to them in particular. Students (and often parents) find the analysis provided in the personal assessments valuable as they prepare for their future careers
  • Student Placement: Are students ready for their educational experience? Research on effective teaching and learning and studies of successful transition or reentry to the educational programs have demonstrated that learning experiences must be designed to challenge but not discourage the learner. A threshold can be set to highlight acceptable strength in critical thinking for your program. Individuals who fail to achieve the threshold will best benefit from first attending training programs aimed at growing critical thinking skills.
  • Advising & Retention: Along with writing skills, reading skills and language comprehension, critical thinking is one of the central competencies that must be assessed to help advisors direct students in program and course selection. Many schools dedicate resources to create and maintain teaching and learning centers to help all students to succeed. Identifying students with critical thinking weaknesses permits clients to focus student success initiatives where they can do the most good. 
Insight Assessment’s clients depend on our world-leading measurement instruments to evaluate critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills of students and program applicants.

Insight Assessment offers a robust set of critical thinking instruments designed for different populations of test-takers ranging in educational levels including 2 year colleges, 4 year colleges and universities, and professional programs.  Whether the assessment is focused on the general education requirements or the evaluation of the learning outcomes of a particular program or major, the high quality research-based critical thinking measurement tools, scoring support services and comprehensive national comparison percentiles offered by Insight Assessment provide great value. 

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of assessing the thinking skills of individuals or of groups.

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