1 | Assessment and Authentic Learning
Traditionally, classroom assessments provide educators with a glimpse into what students have learned at one moment in time—whether at the end of the year, midway through a project, or even before beginning a unit. However, specific assessment tasks can do more than provide an isolate snapshot of a student’s current ability or knowledge. When well-designed, they can solidify and build deeper learning. Through personal reflection, analysis of examples, and self-evaluation of current assessment practices, in this session participants will develop an understanding of how authentic assessments can promote enduring learning.
Build knowledge about the kinds of assessments that are truly meaningful to students and promote enduring learning
Reflect on how authentic assessment design can impact student learning
15 min | Reflect and discuss
15 min | Introduce research on authentic assessments
15 min | Analyze an assessment
5 min | Decide on path forward
This session is designed to be used in conjunction with accompanying sessions in the Assessment series, but also connects to other recommended sessions in the Toolkit. Strong assessment depends on high, clear expectations for students. If your school has not already clarified these expectations, then the sessions on Mastery-Based Learning and Rubrics (COMING SOON!) may be helpful precursors to define and clarify what is expected of students. Assessment also connects closely with the series of sessions on Student-Centered Feedback, as the two-way learning between teacher and students volleys between introduction of skills and strategies, assessments that provide an engaging method of using those skills and strategies, and feedback to the student on performance on those assessments.
Authentic Assessments - Stanford History Education Group
Explore examples of cross-disciplinary authentic assessments that involve developing and assessing critical reasoning on topics relevant to students’ lives (especially as they become more savvy internet users). From Civic Online Reasoning (COR), Stanford History Education Group, Stanford University.
Project-Based Teaching Rubric - PBL Works
Use this rubric to reflect on how you plan and assess project-based learning. From PBL Works, Buck Institute for Education.
Performance Tasks - Teaching Tolerance
Explore this bank of performance tasks and rubrics that measure students’ writing, civic engagement, and critical literacy skills. From Teaching Tolerance.