Online Assessment Resources 

Here you will find a hand selected index of authentic assessment resources. You are one click away from vital information about performance assessment, rubrics, negotiable contracting, and electronic portfolios. We include links to web based tools for creating your own assessments.

Examples of Rubrics
Includes rubrics for cooperative learning, research reports, eportfolios, PowerPoint/oral presentations, multimedia, video, and web projects

The Case for Authentic Assessment
Grant Wiggins describes the need for authentic assessment. This article from the peer reviewed journal, Practical, Research, & Evaluation, provides a foundation of understanding for authentic assessment.

Recommendations for Teachers - Alternative Assessment

Suggestions when developing and implementing alternative assessment activities.

Developing Performance Assessment Tasks
Characteristics of effective performance assessment tasks.

Creating Meaningful Performance Assessments

Four issues performance assessments must address to meet high standards for reliability and validity.

Recommendations for Developing Classroom Performance Assessments and Scoring Rubrics
Barbara Moskal provide a set of recommendations that guide the classroom teacher through the four phases of the classroom assessment process - planning, gathering, interpreting and using.

Designing Scoring Rubrics for Your Classroom
Craig Mertler describes the step-by-step process for designing scoring rubrics for classroom use. This journal article includes templates and diagrams describing scoring, rubrics, grade scales, sampling and data analysis.

Scoring Rubrics; What, When, and How?

Barbara Moskal describes the different types of scoring rubrics, explains why scoring rubrics are useful and provides a process for developing scoring rubrics.

Creating Rubrics
This five-part series explores how one teacher designs, refines, and implements rubrics in a variety of subject areas.

Authentic Assessment Toolbox
Describes how to create authentic tasks and rubrics for measuring and improving student learning and includes examples created by teachers.

Why Rubrics?
Nancy Pickett and Bernie Dodge describe the advantages of using rubrics for authentic assessment. Includes many examples and a link to a template.

Students and Teachers Alike Can Benefit from Rubrics (pdf)
Joyce Kasman Valenza describes the advantages of using rubrics for authentic assessment. Includes a rich archive of web based rubric examples.

What is Ongoing Assessment?
How do I grade? Ongoing assessment involves teacher observation, teacher and students co-developing the assessment criteria for student-produced written material and products, peer feedback and self-reflection.

What Do Students Think of Rubrics?
Natasha Haugnes and Jennifer Russell provide a summary of survey results: Student Perceptions of Rubric Effectiveness

Creating Rubrics Through Negotiable Contracting and Assessment (pdf)
Andi Stix discusses ways to help students accurately evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint where to focus their efforts during learning activities. Includes examples and a bibliography.

Empowering Students through Negotiable Contracting (pdf)
Another article by Andi Stix that describes the nuances of the negotiable contracting implementation process.

Implementing Performance Assessment in the Classroom
Amy Brualdi explains how use of performance assessment will help you assess higher order thinking skills.
Adopting, Adapting, or Developing an Aligned Assessment for Your Lesson
Lorraine Sherry and the STAR Center Technology Team describe how to use performance standards as the core of assessment development.

Assessment Strategies for Graphic Organizers
Detailed examples of webbing, content/concept maps, what we know/want to know/learned (KWL) charts, hypercard, timelines, flow charts, Venn diagrams.

Assessment Strategies
Includes student interview, listening, retelling, fishbowl, journals and logs, reflection logs, webbing and mapping, KWL chart, venn diagram, hypercard stack.

Peer Assessment and Peer Evaluation (pdf)
Includes strategies to hold students mutually accountable on team assignments.

Positive Interdependence, Individual Accountability, Promotive Interaction: Three Pillars of Cooperative Learning (pdf)
A discussion about cooperative learning activities that promote individual accountability. Includes pitfalls such as avoid grading on a curve.

Team Skills Self-Assessment (pdf)
Provides an example of how to assess strengths and weaknesses in working with or communicating with others.

The Electronic Portfolio Development Process
Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D. University of Alaska, describes how electronic portfolio development brings together two different processes: multimedia development (assess/decide, design, develop, implement, evaluate) and portfolio development (collection, selection, reflection, projection). Review Dr. Barrett's model of portfolio development and how to create your own electronic portfolio

Create Your Own Electronic Portfolio: Using Off-the-Shelf Software to Showcase Your Own or Student Work
Helen Barrett describes seven different software and hardware tools to use when creating portfolios.

Portfolio Trouble-Shooting
Chart designed by RMC Research Corporation describing challenges when beginning portfolio implementation. What if the portfolio lacks student reflection? What if the portfolio has too many work samples? What if teachers are overworked and parents are confused or concerned about portfolio assessments? Includes links to Texas State Standards and provides examples from all curriculum areas.

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