Assess students

Reporting assignment results

STEP 7. Analyze the data

Most types of assignments are generally evaluated using a scoring rubric. [more]

STEP 8. Make conclusions

Evaluate assignments based on how well students met course learning objectives. You may decide to base assignment scores on the final, finished product or a formula based on scores from drafts.

STEP 9. Report results

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. According to this law, you may not release grades or other non-directory information (i.e. social security numbers; student identification number, race, ethnicity, and/or nationality; gender; or transcripts) to anyone except the student (unless a prior written consent of the student is received). [more]

Therefore, grades or feedback about an assignment must be kept confidential and only released directly to the student. Never publicly post scores or grades. Providing detailed feedback to students will help them improve future work.

You may report general results of an assignment without providing any student identifiers (e.g. percentage of letter grades awarded) and still maintain confidentiality. When you report general results, be sure to include your overall impressions, how scores were calculated, and their contribution to the course grade.

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