Master Class with Jay McTighe: Assessing Student Learning with Standards-based Performance Tasks


Speaker: Jay McTighe

$197.00 $97.00 + shipping and handling

SKU: 033015

Webinar Description

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.

Webinar Topics:

  • What are the characteristics of a balanced assessment system?
  • Unpacking the Common Core Standards: What assessment evidence do you need to collect?
  • An assessment planning framework to guide design of local assessments
  • Practical, proven tools and templates for designing rubrics and performance assessments aligned to the CCSS
  • Formative assessment techniques that enhance learning and performance
  • Resources for developing performance tasks and assessments


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About the Speaker

Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe is familiar to most educators because of his highly acclaimed books and his speaking engagements at many national, state and district conferences and workshops. Jay is co-author, with Grant Wiggins, of the best-selling Understanding by Design series, Understanding by Design (1998); The Understanding by Design Handbook (1999); The Understanding by Design Study Guide (2000); The Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook (2004); Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design (2006); and Schooling by Design (2007). Jay has also co-authored 3 books on assessment, Assessing Learning in the Classroom; Assessing Outcomes: Performance Assessment Using the Dimensions of Learning Model; and Evaluation Tools to Improve as Well as Evaluate Student Performance.

Jay is a principal in his own consulting firm, McTighe and Associates. He previously served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How many can access the event per registration?

Registration is by site, not by individual, so there is no limit to the number of people who can participate at your site. We do request no more than one phone connection per site.

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