Modern Classroom Assessment offers an applied, student-centered guide to the major research-based approaches to assessment in today's modern classroom. Rather than simply list basic assessment formats with a few examples, as many textbooks do, award-winning professor and scholar Bruce Frey's book fully explores all five key approaches for teacher-designed assessment—Traditional Paper-and-Pencil, Performance-Based Assessment, Formative Assessment, Universal Test Design, and Authentic Assessment —while making abstract concepts and guidelines clear with hundreds of real-world illustrations and examples of what actual teachers do. Offering a variety of engaging learning tools and realistic stories from the classroom, this text will give any reader a strong foundation for designing modern assessments in their own classrooms.

Performance-Based Assessment

Performance-based assessment

Looking Ahead in this Chapter

Though treated as a fairly modern approach to classroom assessment, performance-based assessment actually has a long history as a commonsense way to evaluate people. It is the best format for assessing skill or ability. The most useful ways to use this approach are illustrated in this chapter. Performance-based assessment is best scored using a rubric. This chapter provides lots of examples of real-world performance-based assessments for a variety of subjects and grade levels.


After studying this chapter, you should be able to

  • Define performance-based assessment
  • Identify the characteristics of performance-based assessment
  • Provide examples of what performance-based assessment looks like in real classrooms
  • Evaluate the quality of performance-based assessments and their scoring rubrics

Stories from the Classroom

Mr. Wilcken Wonders what his Students can ...

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