Performance Assessment “Testing methods that require students to create an answer or product that demonstrates their knowledge and skills”. Conducting experiments Writing extended essays Doing mathematical computations
Common Features Students’ construction rather than selection of a response Direct observation of a student’s behavior on tasks Illumination of students’ learning and thinking process along with their answer.
2 Main Terms Performance A student’s active generation of a response that is observable either directly or indirectly via a permanent product. Authentic The nature of the task and context in which the assessment occurs is relevant and represents “real world” pro
Validity 5 Internal Characteristics Have meaning for student and teacher and motivate high performance Require the demonstration of complex cognition, applicable to important problem areas. Exemplifly current standards of content or subject matter quality
Minimize the effects of ancillary skills that are irrelevant to the focus of the assessment Possess explicit standards for rating or judgement
How does the Assessment “Behave” How does it rate to other measures of similar construct? Can the measure predict future performance? Does the assessment adequately cover the content domain?
Caution Can have ill effects Does it discriminate against various groups of individuals? Is it used to evaluate others (parents/teachers) who are not directly assessed by the test?
Scoring Must be well articulated CLEAR RUBRIC
Questions In a multiple choice question, the options control the rigor In an open-ended question, the rubric controls the rigor.