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.

Authentic Assessment

Authentic assessment

Looking Ahead in this Chapter

A modern wrinkle in classroom assessment is the movement toward “authentic” assessment. Defining what makes assessment authentic is not a simple matter, though. Methods for ensuring that assessment is authentic and scored reliably are presented. This chapter also shares many real-world examples of authentic assessment across many subjects and grade levels. A research-based scoring rubric that can be used to assess the authenticity of an assessment is included at the end of the chapter.


After studying this chapter, you should be able to

  • Identify the characteristics of assessment that make it authentic
  • Explain the reasons today's teachers wish to make their assessments authentic
  • Design authentic assessments that can be scored fairly and objectively
  • Identify authentic assessment tasks for different populations and subject ...
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