Forms of Alternative Assessment
Performance Based Assessment:
This assessment is based on teacher observations on a student's
performance or samples of various performance's done by the student.
A criteria such as a rubic scale is usually established before
the observations are done.
- Students and teachers know the requirements
in advance and prepares for them. Going over the rubics scale
with the student allows the student to know exactly what is required
from them and also allows the student the freedom to work on
those skills or areas they feel they might be weak in.
- The teacher would judge the student's performance
within a specific time frame and setting. There are no surprises
for the student.
- Students could be rated on appropriate and
effective use of:
- laboratory equipment
- measurement tools
- safety laboratory procedures
- Manipulatives are apart of performance testing.
These can be an effective indicator of comprehension, especially
when used along with interviews.
Suggested Performance Based
This assessment measures the student's ability in "real
life" tasks and situations. An extended form of assessment
that may have aspects of performance based within it.
- The project/tasks are usually rich in design
and long term.
- Assessment where the task simulates real
- Gives students a real world role in a real
world setting. Real world problems using realistic techniques.
- Students are allowed to develop alternative
solutions. There is no "one" right answer(s).
- Students are required to actively participate
- -working on the project
- -cooperative groups
- Students are given the opportunity to work
both in group situations and alone.
- Authentic assessment offers the opportunity
to assess the student's:
- Planning skills
- Ability to integrate knowledge
- Ability to work with others
- The project can demonstrate the student's
ability in investigative research or it can be something constructed
by the student.
This is a "purposeful" collection of work that helps
to define the student's efforts and achievements in specified
- A collection of the student's work that is
maintained and assessed over time.
- Shows student's progress
- Can be used to illustrate specific requirements
for grade completion.
- An excellent means of summative evaluation
of the student's learning
- Reflects the nature of the curriculum and
the student's success
- Types of student portfolios that may be selected:
- Mandatory assignments
- Representative assignments
- Best assignments
- Students can -
- Choose the work
- Offer reflections on each item selected
- Can also include indicators such as video
tapes, lists of books read, presentations, test scores
Suggested Portfolio Assessments
This is a student's ongoing record of expressions, experiences
and reflections on a given topic.
- Two general types of journals are usually
- One in which a students is to write, with
minimal direction, what he/she is thinking and/or feeling.
- The second requires the student to complete
a specific written assignment and establishes restrictions and
guidelines necessary to accurately complete the assignment.
- Journals can involve different modes of reflecting;
such as writing, drawing, painting, scultping, role-playing and
dancing to name just a few.
Suggested Journal Assessment