Let’s start with the premise that “CWRA institutions are equipped to improve higher order skills when they connect teaching, learning and assessment through authentic performance-based practices.”
Performance Task Assessmentis 21st Century Assessment Jonathan E. Martin www.21k12blog.net Twitter: @JonathanEMartin email@example.com
Jonathan E. Martin•10 years experience teaching High School History•15 years experience principal, PK-12.•Currently educational writer and consultant •www.21k12blog.net •Twitter: @JonathanEMartin •firstname.lastname@example.org
I Why Performance Task Assessment?II What is Performance Task Assessment?III How to Prepare Performance Task Assessments
“We value what we measure ratherthan measure what we value.”
Our students often cannotapply what they havelearned to a new problemor context they haven’tseen before.Our students need morecomplex and open-endedtests that demand realthinking and a deeperunderstanding of concepts.
aware, Glo bally nt, rs and e pend … tive cato inde sibleE ffec uni s respo n mm orator co ab coll Critical and creative thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers
“Today is the day that marks thebeginning of the development of a newand much-improved generation ofassessments for America’sschoolchildren. Today marks that startof Assessment 2.0”“For the first time, many teachers willhave the state assessments they havelonged for—tests of critical thinkingskills and complex student learningthat are not just fill-in-the-bubble testsof basic skills but support goodteaching in the classroom.” September 2, 2010
What is a performance task?Students assume roles in a scenario that is a situated"real world" and contains the types of problems theymight need to solve in the future or the present.Often documents must be evaluated for informinganswers.The “answer” students provide are cast also in real-world formats: memos, speeches, etc. The task requires critical thinking, analyticalreasoning., problem solving and Communication skills.
“CWRA is doing trulygroundbreaking work in developingassessments of the skills thatmatter most in the 21st century.”The beauty of theCLA/CWRA is that ittests skills all teachersshould be accountablefor teaching in everyclass
What do students think?We got a little speech before the test about how itwasn’t really a test, and we were like “yeah rightok whatever” but then we got in there and thenwe realized it really wasn’t a test. It was a load offun.We came out of the test and all the underclassmen were laughing at usbecause we were laughing and we were like “oh, why did you do that?”and “how did you do that?” and “that is really smart” and “I did itcompletely different.”http://wp.me/poMQP-re
Schools and Districts1. Review, Declare, and Promulgate your learningoutcomes2. Make a plan for embedding Performance TaskAssessments across your K-12 program.3. Train teachers, especially by supporting collaborative,performance task development and design teams.4. Explore and Exploit “Formative Assessment” Toolsavailable and forthcoming from Smarter Balanced andPARCC.
7 steps to design your ownPerformance Task 1.Collaborate
2. Begin with the End in mind: What skills: critical thinking, quantitativereasoning, writing effectiveness, etc. do you want students to demonstrate understanding of? Tie them to essential standards, CCSS, or district/school goals for 21st century skills.
3. Envision an age-appropriate real-worldproblem, issue, situation your students care about.Ask your students for suggestions; develop the scenario out of conversation.
4. Develop the role your students will take, the documentsyour students will have to evaluate, & the “task” they will have to complete. (This is the most labor intensive part of task design.) Suggestion: If you have more than one class of students, have one group prepare documents for the other– withyour fairly extensive editing/revising for your purpose. Or swap with another teacher.
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5. Build the rubric. Do it with students and colleagues.