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Measuring Changes and Improvement in Thinking Skills

Insight Assessment HSRT Difference Scores in pretest posttest critical thinking skills assessments

Performance based funding is a fact of life whether you’re an educational institution, a HR manager or a training specialist.

You need to prove that your training and development methods, curriculum or instruction are working.  Objective, validated criterion-based evidence will be required to demonstrate success and prove the value of your programs.  

The best way to demonstrate the impact of your program is to provide evidence of changes in individual and/or group thinking skills.

Effective training should result in measurable improvements. Thinking should be assessed before the training starts and again after the training is completed. It’s important to document the participants’ baseline as early as possible in the project; before training starts is best. This will help faculty and trainers to learn about strengths as well as areas for improvement.  Then critical thinking skills should be assessed again to measure the changes in thinking skills after the training program. 

Pre & post testing is a testing model designed to examine the change in overall critical thinking skills or mindset attributes in a group of test takers.

It's reasonable to posttest as soon as a few weeks after a focused training program in critical thinking, but most often a posttest is gathered months or even years after the pretest to measure program improvement.

  • In university settings a pretest is frequently scheduled at the beginning of a degree program and a posttest sometime toward the end of the program. Our clients count on our critical thinking tools for the detailed evidence required to refine curricular approaches and to demonstrate educational success.
  • For businesses, the pretest might be done before an employee training program is begun and a posttest could be set for weeks or months after the program has been completed. INSIGHT Development Program includes assessment and critical thinking training modules that can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative.

The validity and reliability of pretest posttest assessment instruments must meet highest standards. Insight Assessment validated test instruments deliver quantifiable metrics for the essential skills of critical thinking and quantitative reasoning. Many of our clients use custom services to receive enhanced data analyses expressly designed to fit their improvement projects.

Only the highest quality assessment tools can deliver statistical evidence of value added to groups and individuals. Contact us to design a pretest posttest assessment program to document individual and/or group progress in attaining learning goals.

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