The "Big Five" of Authentic Assessment


Five keys to understanding and implementing authentic assessment with a focus on emergent bilinguals.
Sydney Sneed
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The "Big Five" of Authentic Assessment
  1. Realistic
    1. Assessments tied to real-world concepts and activities; not contrived
      1. Instead of traditional multiple choice tests that are disconnected from real-world contexts, try an activity like...
        1. Creating a brochure illustrating and describing trees and flowers for a local park
          1. Real-world task
            1. Demonstrates knowledge of biological concepts
              1. Allows for modifications for EL students
        2. Use of Repertoire of Knowledge
          1. Rather than containing objectives that only isolate specific skills or sets of knowledge, authentic assessment encourages a utilization of a repertoire of knowledge.
            1. Instead of requiring memorization and recall of specific topics, APPLY a wealth of knowledge areas with an assessment like...
              1. Role-playing: Interviews with book characters. Have student pretend to be a character from a recently-read text and participate in an interview about his life.
                1. Demonstrates knowledge of character/text
                  1. Strengthens and assesses public speaking skills
                    1. Strengthens and assesses predictive and critical thinking skills
              2. Product-Based
                1. Often times, correctness is the only criterion used in traditional assessments. Product-based assessments requires a justification of answers and complete knowledge of topic. Does not allow for simply guessing an answer and getting it correct.
                  1. Instead of giving a True or False assessment that gives students a 50/50 chance of guessing a correct answer, instead try an assessment like...
                    1. ABC Math Book: Students create a children's book with a geometric shape/concept for each letter of the alphabet (A for Acute, B for Bisect, etc.)
                      1. Creates a real-world "product"
                        1. Requires complete understanding of topic; no guessing
                          1. Allows for EL students to show their knowledge in a variety of ways
                    2. Preparation
                      1. Assessments and activities must be known in advance.
                        1. Instead of providing tests with unknown content or goals, teachers should provide rubrics or instruction sheets in advance.
                          1. Knowing what to expect accomplishes the following:
                            1. EL students can prepare in advance
                              1. Lowers the affective filter
                                1. Ensures learning objectives and standards are clear
                              2. Instead of planning then curriculum then assessments, plan your assessments first and teach with the test in mind.
                            2. Scoring Complexity: Not always one right answer.
                              1. Assessments are created such that there is not always one correct answer. Assessments include tasks in which a variety of methods may be used to demonstrate knowledge of a variety of areas.
                                1. Instead of creating an assessment in which there is one correct answer form, instead try....
                                  1. Creating rubric-based tasks in which scores can be generated across a variety of scales
                                    1. For example, in a language-learning class, allow the students to give a presentation about their family using a rubric assessing pronunciation, grammar usage, fluency, etc.
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