Assessment of thinking skills is an essential component of documenting student learning. Many colleges and universities prioritize critical thinking student learning outcomes because they recognize that building critical thinking skills and mindset is key to student success. High quality validated group data like that reported by Insight Assessment test instruments is widely used for admissions, accreditation, curriculum evaluation and to improve student retention and success.
Universities and students collectively gain from institutional assessment commitments, but what’s in it for individual students? More specifically, what can motivate students to give their best on the critical thinking learning outcome assessment?
Many Insight Assessment clients offer printable individual reports to students after the testing is completed. Most people will make a greater effort on an assessment if they believe the result has personal relevance and might be useful to them. Students are often motivated to take our critical thinking assessments seriously because they see the personal value of good performance on these metrics.
Insight Assessment comprehensive individual reports document specific strengths and weaknesses in critical thinking skills or attributes. Numeric scores, categorical rankings and national percentile comparisons are reported for key components of critical thinking skills. Descriptions are provided defining each element being measured and why it is important.
Students receive a personalized report showing learning and career related critical thinking skills, an affirmation of the quality of their own thinking ability, and the opportunity to benchmark themselves as compared to national percentiles for undergraduate or graduate students. The objective analysis reported is highly relevant to students as they prepare for their future careers. Learning about their personal performance is often a motivating factor for future effort at self-improvement.
Regardless of degree program, strong critical thinking predicts college success, professional licensure, job hire, and government service rank.
Insight Assessment excels at providing research-based critical thinking assessments designed specifically for undergraduates and graduate professional students. Our critical thinking test instruments deliver objective, validated high quality individual and group data. The decision to give students their own individual thinking reports will increase the value and benefits of your institutional assessment program. Contact us to gert started.