Authentic Assessment And Performance Based Assessment Essay

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Authentic assessment is also referred to as classroom assessment, alternative assessment and performance based assessment. An authentic assessment is a form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills. Or, as Grant Wiggins (1993) describes it, authentic measures are “engaging and worthy problems or questions of importance, in which students must use knowledge to fashion performances effectively and creatively.” In other words, students learn how to effectively apply their skills to authentic tasks and projects. Authentic assessment does not encourage rote learning and passive test-taking. Instead, it focuses on students ' analytical skills; ability to integrate what they learn; creativity; ability to work collaboratively; and written and oral expression skills. It values the learning process as much as the finished product. Assessment becomes even more relevant when students become involved in the tasks pertaining to their own assessment. Students taking an active role in developing the scoring criteria, self-evaluation, and goal setting, more readily accept that the assessment is adequately measuring their individual learning. However, authentic assessment can also include: observations, interviews, projects, games, portfolios and rubrics etc. This paper aims to focus on one such aspect, portfolio. In detail, this paper will employ the use of scholarly writings to embark on
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