Designing a Performance Assessment Instrument
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.
Ability to divide standards into corresponding objectives.
Knowledge of the Revised Taxonomy of Educational Objectives