This assignment is to acquaint the pre-service and in-service teacher with an alternative to paper and pencil test. While traditional classroom assessment measures can measure a variety of learning task, performance measures allow the student an avenure to show that they not only know but can use the newly acquired knowledge in a variety of ways.
Type of Task:
Two weeks (3 hours class time and three-four hours home work time.
Ability to locate State Content Standards Ability to divide standards into corresponding objectives. Knowledge of the Revised Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
The Student Will follow the procedures outlined in the Authentic Assessment Tool Box to design a performance assessment project for students in their grade level and content speciality.
Text of Learning Exercise:
When learning standards cannot be adequately addressed through paper and pencil test, performance assessment measures are called for. Because some students find it difficult to successfully demonstrate their learning, performance measures are an alternative. Single skills can be assessed by a performance task/product, or it can be designed to assess multiple skills. 1. Locate "The Authentic Assessment Tool Box", on MERLOT's Teacher Education portal under Student Assessment. Click on the url. 2. Read through the Sections of "What is Authentic Assessment" and "Why Do It".
3. Click on "How Do I Do It?" Read each section (Steps 1-4) and answer the questions posed. Be ready to discuss these in class. 4. Articulate the standard you want your students to know and or do. Go to: www.alex.state.al.us/browseStand.php and find th
e content field and grade level for which you teach or will teach. Write in on the workbook sheet. 5. Read Step 2 "Select an Authentic Task". Identify a performance task (product or performance) that meets the parameters set out by the content standard you choose. Write it on the Workbook sheet. 6. Click on "Identify the Criteria for the Task". Read Step 3. Identify what the task looks like. What are the essential parts of the task that makes it "excellent". Write them down on the Workbook work sheet. 7. Step 4 "Create a Rubric" is the next step. Read this entire section. Follow the tutorial in order to construct a rubric or evalutation criteria for the task you selected. Create an assessment plan following the tutorial. Write on the work sheets of the Workbook.