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Research Validation

The level of research validation for an assessment is determined by how many of the following categories of research have been done on the instrument:

Categories of research validation:

Based on Research Into:

  • Student thinking (for observation protocols: Classroom behavior / for rubrics: Relevant theory and/or data)
Studied Using:
  • Student interviews (for observation protocols: Iterative observations / for rubrics: Iterative use of rubric)
  • Expert review (for observation protocols and rubrics: Inter-rater reliability)
  • Appropriate statistical analysis (for observation protocols: Training materials / for rubrics: Expert review)
Research Conducted:
  • At multiple institutions
  • By multiple research groups
  • Peer-reviewed publication

Research Validation Levels:

  • Gold Star: all 7 categories
  • Silver: 5 or more categories
  • Bronze: 3 or more categories
  • Research-Based: at least 1 category

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10 Research-Based Assessments

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Problem solving

Colorado Assessment of Problem Solving (CAPS)

Problem solving

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college, High school, Middle school

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Wendy Adams; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
60-120 min

Minnesota Assessment of Problem Solving (MAPS)

Problem solving (Useful problem description, physics approach, specific application of physics, mathematical procedures, logical progression)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Jennifer Docktor and Ken Heller; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
N/A min

Scientific reasoning

Enhancing Learning by Developing Process Skills in STEM (ELIPSS)

Scientific reasoning (Critical thinking, Team work, Management, Information processing, Interpersonal communication, Problem solving, Oral/written communication, Metacognition)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Renee Cole, Juliette Lantz, Suzanne Ruder, Gilbert, Reynders and Courtney Stanford; Translations: ; Translators:

Silver Validated
N/A min

Scientific Abilities Assessment Rubrics (SAAR)

Scientific reasoning (represent information in multiple ways, design and conduct experiments, communicate scientific ideas, collect and analyze experimental data, evaluate experimental results)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college, High school

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Eugenia Etkina, Alan Van Heuvelen, Suzanne White-Brahmia, David T. Brookes, Michael Gentile, Sahana Murthy, David Rosengrant, and Aaron Warren; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
N/A min

The Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education rubrics (VALUE rubrics)

Scientific reasoning (Civic Engagement, Creative Thinking, Critical thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Global Learning, Information Literacy, Inquiry and Analysis, Integrative Learning, Intercultural Knowledge and Competence)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); Translations: en,ja,English,Japanese; Translators: ,

Silver Validated
N/A min

Teaching

Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis Rubric (PTEPA Rubric)

Teaching (Institutional commitment, leadership and collaboration, recruitment, knowledge and skills for teaching physics, mentoring community and professional support, program assessment)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Stephanie V. Chasteen, Rachel E. Scherr, Monica Plisch, and the PhysTEC Project; Translations: ; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
60-120 min

PULSE rubrics for evaluating teaching in undergraduate programs (PULSE Rubrics)

Teaching (Curriculum, student learning assessment, student retention, Critical thinking, extracurricular activities, faculty development, pedagogy, physical infrastructure, resources, administrative support, di)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE); Translations: ; Translators:

Silver Validated
N/A min

Guides to Advance Teaching Evaluation (GATEs)

Teaching (peer observations of teaching, peer review of teaching, student evaluations of teaching, self-reflection on teaching)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Departmental and Leadership Teams for Action (DeLTA) at the University of Georgia; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Silver Validated
N/A min

KU Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness (Benchmarks)

Teaching (Teaching practices, course content, student activities, class climate, achievement learning outcomes, teaching reflection, advising, mentoring, teaching scholarship.)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Rubric

Developers: A. Follmer Greenhoot, D. Ward, D. Bernstein, M. M. Patterson, & K. Colyott; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Research-Based
N/A min

Department Climate

TEAM-UP rubric for departmental climate for Black students (TEAM-UP Rubric)

Department Climate (Assessment practices, departmental practices, advising practices, student recruitment, equity and inclusion, student identity, student belonging, financial supports)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Rubric

Developers: The TEAM-UP Task Force; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Research-Based
N/A min