Quality Matters Standard 3
Assessment and Measurement

Specific Review Standards

3.1 The assessments measure the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.

3.2 The course grading policy is stated clearly at the beginning of the course.

3.3 Specific and descriptive criteria are provided for the evaluation of learners’ work, and their connection to the course grading policy is clearly explained.

3.4 The assessments used are sequenced, varied, and suited to the level of the course.

3.5 The course provides learners with multiple opportunities to track their learning progress with timely feedback.


Learning objectives form the foundation of your course and should drive your selection of materials, assessments, activities, and technology tools. Keep in mind that module learning objectives should support the course level objectives.

Alignment occurs when course components are consistent with your learning objectives, so that materials, activities, and assessments work together to ensure that learners are achieving the stated outcomes.

By clearly stating the connection between objectives and assessments, you can ensure that you are appropriately assessing the right skills and knowledge at the right time, and that your students are demonstrating they have learned what we want them to learn.


Next Steps

How can you be sure your instructional materials contribute the the achievement of your learning objectives or competencies? Visit Course Quality Checklist and Toolkit 4 – Assessment and Measurement.

See our other Course Quality Checklists for more information:


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