Concern over the limitations of traditional testing methods has led to recommendations for the development of assessments which engage students in more “authentic” tasks, assess student understanding and capacity to apply knowledge, integrate 21st Century Skills, and reflect effective instructional models. In this workshop, we’ll consider the underlying principles of effective classroom assessment and review examples of performance-based assessment tasks.
We’ll learn a process for developing authentic performance tasks and related evaluative criteria for assessing students on identified learning outcomes. Working in “job-alike” groups, participants will design a performance assessment using a set of practical and proven design tools and templates. A variety of task development ideas and resources will be available, including excellent web-based resources