Performance Assessment

And here is how we Develop Classroom Performance Assessments and Scoring Rubrics  by Barbara Moskal.

Here are a few examples of Performance Assessments:


Construct a timeline of the American Revolutionary War. Begin with the Townshend Revenue Tax in 1767 and end with the adoption of the US Constitution in 1788. Plot ten important events in total on the timeline. Make sure to include the date (ie. July 4, 1776), the event and describe how the event was significant to the war. Make sure to use complete sentences and include relevant pictures.

Use timeglider for timeline maker.

Create a student login since it is free! With this program, you can rank how important the event was in history. Make sure to put the first and last event as 75 in order for it to be seen well. For uploading the pictures, you need to use the scale option in order for all of them to be seen on the timeline.

Rubric for Timeline: (Zoom will automatically be at 43. Zoom out to 36 to see majority of timeline.)

Tasks for this Module:

Here are our tasks for Performance Assessment module:

Due by 10/2:

  1. Read Ch. 7 in Stiggins and additional resources listed above. They will help you construct your Performance Assessment. Please feel free to post any additional resources you found helpful.
  2. Create (MAKE) a performance assessment prompt and scoring guide.
  3. Create (TAKE) an exemplar of your performance assessment prompt.
  4. Either share your exemplar on this page, or print it off and bring it to class. The exemplar is for your reference. I just want to see it to help with my evaluation.
  5. Make two selected response items reflecting salient information from Ch. 7 and post them on this page.

Due by 10/3:

  1. Bring a hard copy of the prompt and scoring guide to class on 10/3, as we will provide peer feedback (BREAK) the test just as we have done in the past.

6 Responses to Performance Assessment

  1. Alex Anley says:

    True or False?

    1. The two basic steps in developing a performance assessment are clarifying the performance and developing the performance tasks.

    2. Performance assessments are useful when assessing reasoning proficiency, performance skills, and ability to create products.

  2. Erika Peterson says:

    True or False:

    1. When assessing students mastery of content knowledge, selected response or essay formats are usually the better choice.

    2. The first challenge of developing performance assessments is defining our idea of academic success.

  3. Oona Badgley says:

    Short Answer:
    (5 pts)

    1. What do good rubrics specify and with what kind of language?

    True or False (circle the T or the F)

    2. T/F Performance criteria should always be considered a work in progress.

    • Oona Badgley says:

      I really want to add an Essay question to the mix…

      3. Explore the differences between “Assessment FOR Learning” and “Assessment OF Learning and list 1 example of each.
      (15 pts)

  4. Roxanne Winston says:

    1) True or False:
    If you have doubt or uncertainty about the accuracy of your judgment of a an individual student’s performance you will need to gather more information.

    2) The rationale behind designing lessons around the elements of a quality in a scoring guide is:
    a) Novice learners cannot improve all elements of quality of a complex skill or product simultaneously.
    b) Students need the opportunity to practice using the scoring guide as a guide to revision.
    c) Students performances improve when they understand the meaning of quality.
    d) Showing the connection between new information and knowledge students already have helps it all make sense and provides a link to long-term memory.

  5. Elizabeth Day says:

    Circle T for True or F for False:
    Generally, students should not be involved in creating and defining performance criteria to avoid assessment bias.

    Fill in the blank with a missing word or phrases:
    When students help evaluate peer performances, it is assessment ______ learning. Only teachers should evaluate assessment ______ learning.

    Circle the best response:
    When assessing practice work before the actual performance assessment, which type of feedback should a teacher provide?
    a. letter grade
    b. points earned/point total
    c. descriptive feedback
    d. none, students should self-evaluate by applying the criteria

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