Performance-Based Assessment Tasks
Performance assessment involves giving a student or a group of students, a
mathematical task that may take from a half an hour to several days to complete
or solve. The object of the assessment is twofold; to look at how
students are working as well as evaluating the completed product. As an
observer of the performance task process, a teacher may stay with the group or
make periodic visits. Often activities are videotaped or audiotaped. In
focusing on a particular group of students or a single student, the assessment
might take many forms, such as:
- Presenting students with a problem related to what they are already doing
in class, and listening to the responses.
- Observing what students are doing and saying, watching for certain
characteristics, and taking anecdotal notes about what you see and hear that
exemplifies the criteria set.
- Interviewing students during or after an investigation.
- Asking students to write a response directly connected to the problem or in
response to an additional question, and then collecting the students' writings
and scoring it against a set of performance criteria.
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