Checklist for assessing students
Plan for feedback and assessment
- Ensure you are familiar with the University requirements for assessment
- Complete any training to complete the assessment form
- If there are multiple Clinical Educators, designate a primary assessor who will coordinate the student’s assessment
- Timetable the mid and end of placement assessment at the beginning of the placement
Prepare the student
- At the beginning of the placement, explain the purpose of the assessment
- Check that the student understands the assessment form and that there will be a midway and end of assessment process
- Talk about the ways in which you will assess their performance and their move towards competency
- Clearly discuss the ways in which you expect the student to participate in the assessment process
- Discuss how you are going to give feedback
Collect evidence of the student’s performance to support your assessment decisions
Use multiple sources of evidence.
- feedback to student (e.g. carbon copy of observations)
- case notes
- feedback from other professionals
- structured activities or set tasks
Give feedback and devise strategies
- Encourage and allow students time to self reflect
- Use the self reflection to guide feedback
- Work with the student to identify gaps and devise strategies to meet these learning goals
- Refer the student to their learning contract and regularly revise the plan
Provide opportunities and make evidence based decisions
- Provide the student with opportunities to meet their learning goals
- Ensure evidence is collected for each criteria (where possible, if you don’t have enough evidence to grade the student then do not grade it)
- Make a decision based on the evidence
- Use the evidence to explain the grade to the student
Reflect and evaluate
- Reflect on the assessment process and the feedback session (e.g. did you allow enough time, was the student’s self-assessment similar to your gradings?)
- What worked well?
- What could you change for next time?
Please Note: References remain valid until superseded by later research. The resources referenced here are regularly reviewed and are considered current and relevant to the topics presented.
- Griffith University Clinical Education Resource Manual, (2012). School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University.