Authentic Assessment
Unit 3 Curriculum
Authentic Assessment
Authentic assessment is any type of
assessment that requires students to
demonstrate skills and competencies
that realistically represent problems
and situations likely to be
encountered in daily life.
Students are required to produce
ideas, to integrate knowledge, and to
complete tasks that have real-world
applications.
Authentic Assessment
Authentic assessment is a contrast to
traditional educational testing and
evaluation, which focuses reproducing
information such as memorized dates,
terms, or formulas.
Defining Attributes
Of
Traditional and Authentic Assessment
Traditional
Authentic
Selecting a Response ------------------ Performing a Task
Contrived -------------------------------------------------- Real-life
Recall/Recognition --------------Construction/Application
Teacher-structured --------------------- Student-structured
Indirect Evidence ----------------------------- Direct Evidence
Authentic Assessment
Students are assessed
according to specific criteria that
are known to them in advance.
These criteria are called rubrics
.
Sample Open Response Rubric
SCORE
POINT
4
Distinguished
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SCORE
POINT
3
Proficient
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You follow all directions and finish all parts of the
question.
You are able to answer the question clearly so that
others can understand.
You show that you completely understand the
information that is asked about.
You show and/or explain the quickest and best
way to get an answer.
You are able to show and explain what you know
by using complex examples, by showing
connections between ideas and the real world, by
comparing different ideas, and/or by showing how
the ideas work together.
You follow the directions and finish most of the
parts of the question.
You are able to answer the question clearly so that
others can understand.
You show and/or explain that you understand the
big ideas about the question, but there may be a
few little mistakes or wrong ideas.
Sample Open Response Rubric
SCORE
POINT
2
•You follow some of the directions and finish some
parts of the question.
•Your answer may not be complete, but it is clear so
that others can understand.
•You understand only parts of the information to
answer the question.
SCORE
POINT
1
•You understand only a small part of the information
asked for in the question.
•You only answer a small part of the question.
SCORE
POINT
0
•Your answer is completely wrong or has nothing to
do with the question.
BLANK
•You did not give any answer at all.
Sample Rubric
4
Demonstrates complete understanding of the problem. All
requirements of task are included in response.
3
Demonstrates considerable understanding of the problem.
All requirements of task are included.
2
Demonstrates partial to little understanding of the
problem. Many requirements of task are missing.
1
Demonstrates no understanding of the problem.
0
No response/task not attempted.
Constructed Response
(product-like):
Short-answer essay questions
"Show your work"
Concept maps
Figural representation (e.g., Venn diagram)
Journal response
stories or poems
Research reports
Art exhibit or portfolio
Lab reports
Newspaper
Poster
Constructed Response
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(performance-like):
Typing test
Complete a step of science lab
On demand, construct a short musical, dance or
dramatic response
On demand, exhibit an athletic skill
Examples of Authentic Assessment
http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox
/examples/authentictaskexamples.htm
Auditory
Visual
Tactile-Kinesthetic
Audio recording
Advertisement
Acting things out
Autobiography
Art gallery
Activity plan for trip
Book
Brochure
Animated movie
Classifying
Coat of arms
Collection
Commentary
Collage
Composing music
Crossword puzzle
Coloring book
Dance
Debate or panel talk
Comic book or strip
Demonstration
Dialogue
Costume
Diorama
Documentary
Decoration
Dramatization
Editorial
Design
Exhibit
Essay
Diagram
Experiment
Experiment
Diorama
Field experience
Fact file
Drawing or painting
Flip book
Family tree
Filmstrip
Flip chart
Auditory
Visual
Tactile-Kinesthetic
Finding patterns
Flannel board
Game
Glossary
Flow chart
Game show
Interview
Graphic organizer
How-to book
Journal or diary
Greeting card
Invention
Learning Center task
Hidden pictures
Jigsaw puzzle
Letter to editor
HyperStudio or other
Learning center-hands-on
Limerick or riddle
multimedia presentation
tasks
Mystery
software
Manipulatives
Newspaper
Illustrated manual
Mobile
Oral report
Illustrations
Model
Learning Center visuals
Museum exhibit
Petition
Magazine
Papier-mâché
Position paper
Map
Photograph
Press conference
Mural
Play or skit
Pattern and
instructions
Auditory
Visual
Tactile-Kinesthetic
Reading
Pamphlet with pictures or icons
Pop-up book
Scavenger hunt
Photo album
Project cube
Simulation game
Photo essay
Puppet show
Song lyrics
Picture dictionary
Rap or rhyme
Speech
Political cartoon
Reader’s Theater
Story or poem
Portfolio
Rhythmic pattern
Survey
Poster
Role-play
Teaching a lesson
Rebus story
Scale drawing
Trip itinerary
Scrapbook
Sculpture
Written report
Slide show
Simulation game
Transparency talk
Survey
Travelogue
TV Broadcast
TV program
Video
Web site