Imagine a ballet company that selects its dancers with a multiple-choice test on pliés, grand jetés, entrechats, and other dance moves instead of with an audition. Or a motor vehicle department that issues a driver’s license to new drivers based on a written test, but not a road test.
Performance tasks offer clear advantages over written tests in many situations.
- They allow learners to demonstrate their understanding and their ability to apply what they know.
- They can fuel meaningful learning and encourage students to apply what they’ve learned in novel situations without prompting or hand-holding by teachers.
- They prepare students to meet the unpredictable future challenges of college and careers.
As next-generation learning standards in the U.S. and Canada place a greater emphasis on conceptual understanding, critical thinking, problem-solving and other high-level skills, assessment practices must evolve to include more performance tasks.
Join Jay McTighe for a 2-hour master class that will deepen your understanding of performance tasks so that you can rethink and restructure your own assessment practices. With well-thought-out performance tasks, it isn’t a problem to “teach to the test, ” Jay says. If outcomes are worth the time, if the tasks really are demonstrations of understanding, and if good criteria are clearly explained, then teaching to the test makes perfect sense and the learning process is more coherent as a result.
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- An assessment planning framework to guide design of local assessments
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- Formative assessment techniques that enhance learning and performance
- Resources for developing performance tasks and assessments