1.1 Pros: benefits of teacher control,
demonstrates a knowledge base,
compliment Authentic Assessment.
1.2 Cons: Little opportunity for analysis,
synthesis, application, or substantial
depth of knowledge demonstration;
difficult to tell how students came to an
answer because indirect evidence;
1.3 Skills/Standards --> Assessment.
Shouldn't the product be the
1.4 Teaching to the test:
students who learn the test
can score better despite no
real understanding of the
1.5 "An autoposy."
2 Direct Evidence
2.1 Allows teacher to track student progress
and document specific data.
2.2 Provides essential data for
form tracking of language
acquisition AND content
2.3 Excellent data for NCLB and other documentation.
3.1 Real world application: If our students
should be college and career ready,
shouldn't their work reflect real-world tasks?
3.2 Allows for critical thinking and
student construction instead of
recall / recognition.
3.4 Requires problem solving and
application -- do we want to create
a generation of problem-solvers or
a generation of cogs-in-a-machine
who only recall information?
4 Student Feedback
4.1 Rubrics make learning goals clear.
They also allow students to work
within a flexible frame and pull from
4.2 Portfolios allow students to directly
see development and self-assess
their progress on a standard/skill.
4.3 Rubrics give students
specific parameters and
4.4 Teaching to the test: Showing
examples and molding instruction
to the test is encouraged because
it isn't "cheating" -- it provides
models but not answers. Students
must still problem-solve and
generate genuine products.
4.5 Opportunities for group
projects so students receive
feedback from peers.
5 Assessing Content Knowedlge
5.1 Traditional assessment often
rely on understanding of
English. It's difficult to tell if a
student's success (or lack there
of) is due to content knowledge
or language proficiency.
5.1.1 A student developing English language
proficiency can still show mastery of a
CONTENT skill in a task-based or oral
portfolio because it is not relent on English
proficiency and inflexible language
5.2 Authentic Assessments test the TRUE
application of the content knowledge,
therefore highlighting true mastery
and success in the field.
6 Instruction + Assessment Combined
6.1 Instead of an "autoposy" of
their knowledge, it is a give
and take "living" process.
6.2 A more organic experience where
students receive instruction and
feedback as they work on their
product. The two are not clearly