Performance Assessment

How well did your students learn? Find alternative ways to assess what they know and what they can do through the creation of authentic products and performances.

  • PBL Assessment

    Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

    Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.
  • Education Equity

    Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests

    Low standardized test scores are a reflection of being uninspired, not unknowledgeable. Teach your students how to care, lose their fears, and identify and overcome their obstacles.
  • PBL Assessment

    Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL

    By replacing student grades with an end-of-quarter conference, you can change that persistent question of "Will I be graded on this?" to "What can I do better?"
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    How Do We Measure Social and Emotional Learning?

    <p>Those concise assessments about social-emotional skills and character on the back of a report card can become valuable talking points between schools, parents, and students.</p> <br> &nbsp;
  • Student Engagement

    Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students

    Not every student benefits from in-class participation, immediate answers, inflexible grading, or harsh consequences. Learn the nuances for those requiring deeper recognition and a lighter touch.
  • Formative Assessment

    Timely Feedback: Now or Never

    Feedback is necessary for learning. Be prompt, kind, and specific, and give students opportunities to reflect before revising.
  • Project-Based Learning

    6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

    Project-based learning (PBL) naturally lends itself to differentiated instruction. By design, it is student-centered, student-driven, and gives space for teachers to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways. PBL can allow for effective differentiation in assessment as well as daily management and instruction. Here are some specific differentiation strategies to use during a PBL project.
  • Performance Assessment

    Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing the Basics

    Performance-based assessments share the key characteristic of accurately measuring one or more specific course standards. They are also complex, authentic, process/product-oriented, open-ended, and time-bound.
  • PBL Assessment

    PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

    Blogger Andrew Miller acknowledges the tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, yet he also finds a wide swathe of common ground between both teaching methods.
  • Assessment

    How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

    Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.