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Authentic Assessment Toolbox

By Jon Mueller
A how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics and standards for measuring and improving student learning. An authentic assessment usually includes a task for students to perform and a rubric by which their performance on the task will be evaluated. On this site, there are definitions, examples, a glossary, and comparisons of authentic and traditional assessments.

Published by North Central College in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Education
Professional Development
Themes/Keywords: Assessment
Authentic
Portfolios
Rubrics
Standards


Vocabulary
analytic rubric, authentic assessment, criteria, descriptors, distractors, reliability, stem, validity


Essential Question(s)
1. Why use authentic assessment?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What should students know and be able to do?
2. What indicates students have met these standards?
3. What does good performance ont his task look like?
4. How well did the students perform?

Extension and Activities
1. Design a rubric based on skills and knowledge students will attain if meeting one standards.


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