Real-World Assessments, Personalized Learning
Its time to make 21st century learning the standard in all classrooms. Performance assessments are associated with increases in teachers’ expectations and student achievement; automated scoring provides near-instant feedback that helps students to target their efforts and teachers to plan appropriate lessons.
Current Research Project
Assessment as a Learning Tool
The Center is exploring ways to provide students with immediate, continuous feedback on their writing, reading, and math performance during instruction. For example, our researchers are currently working with a school district in Georgia to develop scenario-based performance tasks that integrate standards from multiple content areas, such as math and social studies, and can be scored automatically.
Over the last year or two, teachers at my son’s elementary school have started using different terms to describe some of his schoolwork. They may refer to testing his writing skills using a “performance assessment” or working a multi-step math problem as a “performance task.” These terms were not often used when I was in my pre-service teaching program or when I was a teacher in the late 90s, although certainly we asked students to complete similar activities... Read More
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) set higher expectations for students—and also require more from accompanying tests. .. Read More