| PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT|
|Form of assessment that requires students to demonstrate their knowledge or skills by accomplishing specific tasks, such as constructing a response (e.g. solve math problems) or creating a product (e.g. woven a basket). Performance assessment is based on directly observable evidence of learning which might take the form of a portfolio, paper, speech, reading or any other well-defined action.
See also: Assessment, Formative Evaluation, Peer-to-Peer Assessment, Performance, Summative Evaluation, Test Assessment
- It requires learners to actively demonstrate what they know
- It simulates real world tasks
- It requires thinking skills
- It mixes different learning styles together (visual, mental, auditory: VAK model)
- It provides a more complete picture of learners’ achievement
- It can be used for diagnostic, instructional, and monitoring purposes
- It has multiple correct answers 
| Step by Step guidelines for developing Performance Assessments|
- Clearly formulate the learning objectives for the unit/module.
- Establish which kind of skills/ knowledge you want to assess (e.g. reasoning, memory, process).
- Decide what learners will need to demonstrate (e.g. decision making skills, problem solving skills, communication skills) and which are going to be the outcomes of the activity.
- Decide if the performance assessment suits the established goal and type of skills to be assessed.
- Define the criteria that you will use to measure/evaluate the performances, and make sure that these criteria reflect the most valued elements of learners’ performance.
- Design the task by thinking about a meaningful context for engaging learners. Take into account that it has to bridge prior knowledge and interests with essential skills and competencies.
- Generate an exemplary response
- Decide which kind of scoring is most appropriate for the task. Remember that providing feedback in terms of levels of competence is more important than providing just numerical scores.
Step by Step guidelines for developing Performance Assessments.pdf
| Web Resources|
|Below you have a list of selected websites where you can find additional information:|
- ↑ http://pals.sri.com (22 May 2009), http://artswork.asu.edu (27 August 2009), www.nps.k12.nj.us (18 December 2009), http://www.ed.gov/ (24 November 2011), http://www.glencoe.com/ (24 November 2011)
- ↑ [http://pareonline.net/] (24 November 2011), [http://www.flaguide.org/] (24 November 2011)