• Decrease font size
  • Return font size to normal
  • Increase font size
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Scientific Publications by FDA Staff

  • Print
  • Share
  • E-mail

Search Publications



Starting Date

Ending Date

Order by

Entry Details

Econ Educ Rev 2012 Oct;31(5):709-19

Do course evaluations truly reflect student learning? Evidence from an objectively graded post-test

Beleche T, Fairris D, Marks M


It is difficult to assess the extent to which course evaluations reflect how much students truly learn from a course because valid measures of learning are rarely available. This paper makes use of a unique setting in which students take a common, high-stakes post-test which is centrally graded and serves as the basis for capturing actual student learning. We match these student-specific measures of learning to student-specific course evaluation scores from electronic records and a rich set of student-level covariates, including a pre-test score and other measures of skills prior to entering the course. While small in magnitude, we find a robust positive, and statistically significant, association between our measure of student learning and course evaluations.

Category: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2012.05.001
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Women's Health
Entry Created: 2012-10-28