How Do You Create Authentic Assessments?
Fortunately, you do not have to develop an authentic assessment from scratch. You may already be using authentic tasks in your classroom. Or, you may already have the standards written, the first and most important step in the process. Perhaps you have a task but need to more clearly articulate the criteria for evaluating student performance on the task. Or, you may just want to develop a rubric for the task. Wherever you are in the process, you can use the information on this page (and the ones that follow it) to help you through the steps of creating authentic assessments. If at any time the terminology is confusing, click a link to that concept or go to the glossary.
I tend to think of authentic assessment development in terms of four questions to be asked. Those questions are captured in the following graphic:
Questions to Ask:
1) What should students know and be able to do?
2) What indicates students have met these standards?
3) What does good performance on this task look like?
4) How well did the students perform?
Summary of Steps
Now, I will guide you through each these four steps for creating an authentic assessment in more detail.
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