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Performance-Based Assessment

Posted in Ed Tech 101 on January 10, 2014 by



What is “performance-based assessment”?

Performance-based assessment is an alternative to traditional standardized testing methods. Rather than testing students’ responses to a set number of multiple choice questions, performance-based assessments attempt to use alternative methods which more broadly and effectively represent student learning and progress through course material.

Some examples of performance-based assessment methods include:

  • Oral defenses

  • Written responses

  • Portfolio reviews

  • Individual or group projects

  • Performances

  • Journals

What are your thoughts about performance-based assessment? Have you heard this term before? In what context? 

Here at Knewton, we love geeking out over edtech – the people, the technology, and its potential to change the world. As part of our participation in the community, we’re putting together an “Ed Tech 101” glossary to explore the language itself – the buzzwords, the jargon, the neologisms, and everything in between. Have an ed tech word or phrase you’d like us to feature? Leave a comment!