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Performance assessment is the judgment of how well a task has been performed in relationship to a defined criterion or goal. Typically, the tasks are authentic: meaningful in a work environment, such as troubleshooting a computer network, creating a novel, teaching a lesson, or conducting a negotiation. Measurement of the task is often done by examination of a portfolio of work artifacts and end products (often after task completion), but may also include direct or indirect observation of work processes such as dialogues with coworkers or interactions with instrumentation systems. The context of the performance can be real-world or simulated. The performance assessment may determine if the performance is at or above a previously specified competency level, or it may describe, compare, or rank performance. ...

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