Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:52 PM
Performance Based Assessment
This article provides examples of performance based assessments that teacher can use and/or adapt for use in their classrooms. These performance based assessments makes sense, especially since they allow students to demonstrate how well they understand a particular topic. We all should be moving toward some sort of inquiry based assessment that allows students the freedom to investigate and ask and answer questions. The author, Chris Demers sums it up best with this statement, "...if science literacy is going to be measured in terms of what students know and are able to do, then the tests we give them better allow students to do something."
Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:25 AM
I found this article very enlightening. As a teacher with an ELL cluster, I have given several alternate assessments but drawings are something that I haven't really thought about much. Something that sticks out to me is when the authors said, "...drawings often reveal more than written responses. Because drawings do not require mastery of the English language, they likely have fewer barriers than other written assessments for ELL students." I will keep in this in mind when planning my assessments as I do tend to use more modified traditional assessments where I could easily use drawings.