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a form of assessment in which students are asked to
perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful
application of essential knowledge and skills. (Jon Mueller)
An authentic assessment usually includes a task for students
to perform and a rubric by which their performance on the task
will be evaluated.
Aims to evaluate students’ abilities in “real-world” contexts.
In Authentic Assessment, students:
Do science experiments
Conduct social-science research
Write stories and reports
Read and interpret literature
Solve math problems that have real-world
Alternative Names for Authentic
Performance Assessment- students are asked to perform a
Alternative Assessment- is an alternative to traditional
Direct Assessment- provides more direct evidence of
meaningful application of knowledge and skills.
How can I use Authentic Assessment in my classroom?
Authentic assessment utilizes performance
samples- learning activities that encourage
students to use higher-order thinking skills.
There are Five Major Types of
1. Performance Assessment
Performance assessments test students’ ability to use skills in a
variety of authentic contexts. They frequently require students to
work collaboratively and to apply skills and concepts to solve
complex problems. Short- and long-term tasks include such
Writing, revising, and presenting a report to the class.
Conducting a week-long science experiment and analyzing
Working with a team to prepare a position in a classroom
2. Short Investigations
To assess how well students have mastered basic
concepts and skills.
3. Open-Response Questions
Present students with a stimulus and ask them to
respond. Respond include:
A brief written or oral answer
A mathematical solution
A drawing, a diagram, chart or graph.
A portfolio documents learning over time. This long-
term perspective accounts for student improvement
and teaches students the value of self-assessment,
editing and revision. A student portfolio can include:
Journal entries and reflective writing
Artwork, diagrams, charts and graphs
Student notes and outlines
Rough drafts and polished writing
Requires students to evaluate their own
participation, process, and products. Evaluative
questions are the basic tools of assessment.
This method of assessment requires the
student to create answers or products which
demonstrate his/her knowledge or skills.
Components of Performance assessment
Developmental Checklists -checklists covering
domains such as language and literacy,
mathematical thinking, and physical development,
are designed to reflect developmentally appropriate
Portfolios -these purposeful collections of
children’s work illustrate their efforts, progress and
achievements over time.
• Summary report -consists of a brief narrative
summary of each child’s classroom performance.
It is based on teacher observations and records
that are kept as part of the system.
Benefits of Performance Assessment
Recognize that children can express what they know
and can do in many different ways.
Evaluate progress as well as performance.
Evaluate the “whole child”
Involve children in the process of assessing their
Establish a framework for observing children that is
consistent with the principles of child development.
Contribute to meaningful curriculum planning and
the design of developmentally appropriate
Give parent specific, direct, and understandable
information about their child.
Collaborate with other teachers, thus enhancing
your own professional skills.
Portfolio Assessment with
A purposeful collection of student work that
exhibits the student’s efforts, progress and
achievements in one or more areas.
In the Portfolio Assessment,
students’ best work or efforts
Student-selected samples of work experiences
Documents according to growth and
development toward mastering identified