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Authentic Assessment Toolbox


Found In: all subjects, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Authentic Assessment Toolbox is a resource to help K-12 teachers, especially new teachers, create authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning.

What is Authentic Assessment? defines and gives examples of authentic assessment, compares it to traditional assessment, and suggests that a combination will most likely meet teacher and student needs.

Why Use Authentic Assessment? explains why authentic assessment is appropriate in certain cases:

  • it provides direct measures;
  • captures constructive nature of learning;
  • integrates teaching, learning and assessment; and,
  • provides multiple paths to demonstration.

In How Do You Create Authentic Assessments? the development process is presented in four steps, which comprise the heart of the website:

1. Identifying Standards

The section on Standards distinguishes standards from other student performance statements by considering breadth of coverage and feasibility of measurement and observation.

2. Selecting Authentic Tasks

The section on Authentic Tasks describes characteristics of authentic tasks and distinguishes them from traditional tasks.

3. Identifying the Criteria for the Task

An extensive section on types of authentic tasks lists and provides PDFs of examples.

4. Creating the Rubric

The section on Rubrics covers descriptors, levels of performance, and analytic versus holistic rubrics.

A section on Portfolios explains why they are useful, how to create a portfolio assignment, and how teachers who haven’t used portfolios before can get some experience by using them on a smaller scale.

A section of Examples provides specimen documents for standards, tasks and rubrics, and portfolios for K-12 and higher.

A Glossary of Authentic Assessment Terms is included.

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