The Tragedy of Assessyphus

by Michael Huber, Michael Phillips & Alex Heidenberg - October 09, 2006

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus is best known for being punished in the Underworld by being forced to roll a large stone with his hands and head in an effort to heave it over the top of a steep hill; but regardless of how much he pushes, as Sisyphus approaches the top of the hill, the stone rebounds backwards again and again. In academic mythology, Assessyphus is the faculty member who sometimes feels punished for being the departmentís point of contact in assessment. Many times, Assessyphus feels as if he is pushing a heavy rock up a hill, and just when he gets it close to the top, it rolls back down. The assessment process has become a burden for Assessyphus. An assessment cycle with a sample rubric is presented, with suggestions for establishing a successful plan to measure student learning.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 09, 2006 ID Number: 12777, Date Accessed: 9/23/2019 7:42:33 AM

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