The paradigm shift in education from the traditional
teacher directed classroom to a more active learning, student
based classroom has created the need for educators to re-evaluate
the ways they have previously assessed student learning. The
push to better examine what students are really learning has
led to the refinement of assessment alternatives.
Most alternative assessment strategies share
a common vision:
- Ask students to perform, create, produce
or do something.
- Tap higher-level thinking and problem-solving
- Use tasks that represent meaningful instructional
- Invoke real world applications.
- People, not machines, do scoring, using human
- Require new instructional and assessment
roles for teachers.
Alternative Assessment can be any type of
measurement, except multiple choice or true/false. It usually
involves an extended, multi-step production tasks, such the carrying
out a project, or open ended questions without a single correct
answer. Students are rated by their own teacher or another teacher
according to previously agreed-upon standards.
CLICK on any of the following Alternative Assessments for
examples on how to use that specific type of assessment in the
Performance Based Assessment
Authentic or Project Assessment
us your assessment ideas