Assessing Critical Thinking Skills
AAC&U Critical Thinking VALUE rubric
The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) effort affords institutions a course-embedded assessment approach based on broadly shared standards of achievement. AAC&U in conjunction with faculty experts led the development of 16 VALUE rubrics including a Critical Thinking rubric.
Critical Thinking @ UM Assessment Checklist
The ThinkFORWARD Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Development Team constructed the Critical Thinking @ UM Assessment Checklist as a tool for faculty to use in the direct assessment of critical thinking skills as defined by the UM QEP.
Many institutions and professional organizations have made helpful resources available online. Such resources include self-designed rubrics for assessing critical thinking through signature assignments or student artifacts and course exam items (e.g., multiple choice, multiple selection, short answer, essay, etc.) that can be embedded to test critical thinking.
Resources related to assessing critical thinking skills may be found through the following sites:
UM 2020 FACT Institute Assessing Critical Thinking