Setting and Assessing Outcomes

In this section of the ATESL Curriculum Framework, we focus on guiding principles in the area of outcomes and assessment, the meaning of the term outcome, and the practical task of writing outcome statements. We then address assessment, both of learning and as teaching and learning (or assessment for learning1), looking particularly at rubrics and portfolios. The purpose is not to list language learning outcomes or assessment procedures for different adult ESL programs,2 but to explore important aspects of outcomes and assessment as they relate to ESL curriculum development.