About VALUE Rubrics Approach

The DNA for the “Quality, Equity, and Completion at Scale” Agenda

  • Launched in 2007, VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) anticipated and responded to contemporary critiques (e.g., New America, Century Foundation) of assessment protocols that depend upon the standardized testing industry.
  • The VALUE rubrics are a touchstone for assessment and accountability, translating student learning vertically and horizontally on individual campuses and across states and systems.
  • This first-of-its-kind approach to assessment ambitiously marries expectations for quality learning with the equity imperative that demands access to a quality education and success for all students. It is the only formative and summative assessment approach based on faculty and other educational professional judgment and evaluation of the quality of student work against broadly shared standards of achievement [DQP and ELOs].
  • VALUE’s primary goal is to provide data that will allow faculty and institution leaders to assess—and improve—the levels of student achievement on a set of cross-cutting outcomes important for all disciplines.
  • VALUE leverages empirically supported findings from the learning sciences regarding cognition, motivation, and agency by drawing on student-created samples of work from across the curriculum and co-curriculum.
  • This includes the implementation of Guided Learning Pathways characterized by students’ access to and completion of Signature Work and High-Impact Practices to engage in hands-on, minds-on learning of the kind supported by research in cognitive and educational psychology as well as extant measures of student engagement and well-being (e.g., NSSE, Purdue-Gallup Index).
  • In short, VALUE is the only comprehensive approach to assessment that promotes the alignment of instructional design, pedagogical best practices, and principles of measurement to improve student learning, increase completion rates for all students, and address myriad accountability mandates at multiple levels of analysis.


Full information on VALUE development and overall progress is available at www.aacu.org/value.