Thursday, May 29, 2014

Authentic Assessment

Hmmm.... So you may be thinking what is authentic assessment?  Well, authentic assessment is asking your students to apply skills and abilities as they would in real life.  Authentic assessment includes a task for students to complete and a rubric to evaluate their performance of the task.  After looking at the examples on Jonathan Mueller's website, I have a better understanding of what authentic assessment means and how to use it.  The objectives in these assessments seem to enable students to discover things for themselves.  Having students model, draw, and think creatively.  

After reading the Point/Counterpoint it seems there is some debate as to whether or not a child should be held back.  I think it is important to incorporate both authentic and traditional assessments in the classroom, and I will plan to use both of these forms of assessment in my future classroom.  I think its important to use traditional assessments because that is the most common.  When the student passes out of your grade and into the next, they will most likely see a form of traditional assessment during their educational career.  I think it's important for children to know what these tests look like, and how to take them.  However, I also think that using authentic assessments is important.  This gives you a way to test a student's understanding in a non traditional way.  Lets face it, there are plenty of nontraditional people in the world.  Just because a student has issues taking a traditional test does not mean that they don't know the content, they just may need to express themselves in a way that is composed of doing and creating, not fill in the blank or multiple choice.  Having options and using both forms of assessment I think will be a great way to allow your students to see both types and test their content knowledge in different ways.  

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