The Office of Faculty Development

Student Self-Assessment

“Self-Regulated Learning is a type of learning that requires students to think about their thinking, monitor their progress toward the learning goal, and ultimately assess their overall performance” (Creekmore & Deaton 2021).

Student self-assessment provides opportunities for students to develop metacognitive skills, revise their own work or prior schema, and make plans for how to complete complex tasks.

Self-assessment is assessment.  Thus data can also be gathered, during student self-assessment, by an instructor to plan supports and future lessons, formatively assess student progress and understanding, and to diagnose misconceptions and breakdowns in understanding.

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    Examine selected research on self-assessment. 

    Panadero, E., Brown, G. T. L., Strijbos, J.  (2016).  The future of student self-assessment: A review of known unknowns and potential directionsEducational PSychology Review.  28(4) 803-830.

    Sharma, R., Jain, A., Gupta, N., Garg, S., Batta, M., Dhir, S. K.  (2016).  Impact of self-assessment by students on their learningInternational journal of applied & basic medical research.  6(3) 226-229.  

    Khoiriyah, U., Roberts, C., Jorm, C., Van der Vleuten, C. P. M.  (2015).  Enhancing students’ learning in problem based learning: Validation of a self-assessment scale for active learning and critical thinking.  BMC medical education.  15:140 


    Ready to apply student self-assessment to your teaching? Here are some ideas and strategies to get you started:

    List ideas or strategies for application and outline of implementation steps.

    1. Provide students with the rubric or other materials that you will use to evaluate their work and have them self-evaluate as part of the revision process.
    2. Provide opportunities for structured peer review.  Then have students apply the same tool(s) to revise their own work after receiving their peer feedback.
    3. Provide opportunities for peer review on a major assignment/assessment that includes a reflection and revision component on the part of the student whose work is being reviewed.

    Have students complete exam or homework wrappers to reflect on their assessments and learning experiences.






Self-Assessment (Cornell Center for Teaching Innocation)

Helping Students Thrive by Using Self-Assessment (Education Corner)

Self-Assessment Tools (PDF) (Responsive Classroom)

Empowering Students: Self-Assessment with a Single Point Rubric (Grant Wood AEA)

Build It Together: Co-Constructing Success Criteria with Students (Cult of Pedagogy)

Empowering Students to Own the Assessment Process (John Spencer)

Self-Assessment (Michigan Virtual)

A Critical Review of Research on Student Self-Assessment (Andrade)

The Active Learning Classroom: Strategies for Practical Educators (Creekmore & Deaton)