Assessment systems provide useful information about whether students have reached important learning goals and about the progress of each student. They employ practices and methods that are consistent with learning goals, curriculum, instruction, and current knowledge of how students learn. High quality assessment must rest on strong educational foundations. These foundations include staff members with high knowledge in medical education to organize the University to meet the learning needs of all their students, understanding how students learn, establishing high standards for student learning, and providing equitable and adequate opportunity to learn.
Assessment of student learning is undergoing profound change at the same time reforms are taking place in learning goals and content standards, curriculum, instruction, the education of staff members, and the relationships among parents, communities, institutes, government, and stakeholders. Assessment provides a vision of how to transform assessment systems and practices as part of wider institute reform.