Tools for Assessing Global Education
Just as with any curriculum, program, or lesson, being able to determine the effectiveness of globalized lessons in the classroom or school, and the achievement of students is important.
As with any form of assessment, consideration needs to be taken to assure that the assessment used is one that measures what one wants measured.
The Global Education Checklist is also a wonderful tool that was developed to help schools and districts to evaluate their programs. Sections of the checklist are helpful for teachers to evaluate the work they are doing in their own classrooms as well as helping schools to evaluate where they are and see where they want to go. I have used this checklist in my own classroom to evaluate units and lessons as I develop them and after the unit is over.
I also use the Matrix found on pages 116 through 122 of the Asia Society's publication Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World. While it is not a rubric nor a test; it is an excellent tool for evaluating whether a program or classroom is actually "walking the walk" of globalized education. It is also handy to see where improvement may or may not need to be made.
Assessing Student Work
The Association of American Colleges and Universities publication Assessing Global Learning has an excellent Sample Assessment Matrix on page 16. This document looks at some Global Education goals, typical learning outcomes, and some suggested assessments. Many of the assessments suggested for assessing global competencies are similar to what teachers use already in the classroom.
Duke University has partnered with NCREL to develop the Global Awareness Rubric which would be an excellent pre-unit / post-unit assessment tool. Teachers can use it to evaluate where their students are on a continuum from "novice" to "advanced" in several competencies.