Assessment and Service Learning



"One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something."


Henry David Thoreau 



 Training Modules

















   NC Social Studies

             Standard Course of Study 

























Because of the open-ended nature of service learning, assessing the experience will probably be ambiguous.  All stakeholders--the student, community and teacher--should have some role in the assessment of a student's service peformance. 


i EARN-USA promotes assessment as a means for teachers to develop more complex relationships with their students.  The website states that "assessment helps students answer the questions 'Am I getting it?' and 'How am I doing?'  Assessment can help make content connections clear.  Assessment engages students directly in the evaluation of their own work.  Assessment helps teachers plan their next steps..."


However, student engagement, despite the best planned rubric, is difficult to measure formatively.  Planned objectives may have to be revised as the service learning experience unfolds and challenges surface.  Prepare to be flexible with your assessment in such an open-ended learning environment.  

Essential Questions--Assessment


   Resource Links--Assessment



     Podcasts on Assessment



 Primary Document Connection--Assessment


When students think of assessment, they think of a graded finished product.  As an educator, you are aware of both formative and summative types of assessment in the social studies.  All assessments are informed evaluations of where one is at a given moment in time.  As such, assessments can be formatively used to surmise and change a course of direction, hopefully for the better.  There are several historical examples supporting the NC Standard Course of Study, in which people have evaluated or "graded" their position.  Use the following primary documents to reiterate that students need to heed the formative and summative assessments of their service learning projects.  In what ways is the author evaluating or assessing the current state of American society?  How does the author hope to impact the future?  In what ways is your service learning project positively impacting the community and your own learning?



  North Carolina Service Learning Social Network


The NC Service Learning Social Network is designed to be an online collaborative professional learning community (PLC) for integration of service learning in the social studies.  Through forum questioning, blogs, and online shared resources, the social studies section at the Department of Public Instruction hopes that social networking makes service learning a more accessible, manageable, and integral part of the North Carolina social studies classroom. 

  Professional Development--Assessment (Available Spring 2011)