Preparing for New Assessments: Building Performance Tasks for Classroom Use

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February 24, 2015

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Shifts in Assessments

Assessment Examples

What does "authentic" look like?

The Cell Phone Challenge: A Model of a Performance-Based Task

Questions for reflection:

Problems vs. Exercises

Designing Curriculum: Start with the End in Mind (Backwards Design)

Backwards Design

Building Performance Tasks and Situating them within the Curriculum: A Five-Step Process

  1. List and analyze standards/learning outcomes
  2. Unpack standards and determine cognitive load
  3. Develop (multiple) essential questions
  4. Design the performance task
  5. Determine prerequisites and sequence learning progression

5-step process


Demonstrating (four of) the Five Steps: Two More Examples

Build a Better Sandwich
(Fifth-Grade Performance Task)

Should my school regulate my lunch?
(Eighth-Grade Performance Task)


Additional Examples to Review at Your Leisure


Your Turn: Steps 1 and 2: Analyze Standards

Analyze potential standards for a performance task that could occur in Fall 2014. You can work in teams or as an individual. If you need more time to consider actual standards, select a small group of standards for a relevant topic to practice with.

Supporting handouts:

Step 3: Develop (multiple) essential questions

Essential Questions: Why this is important.

Essential Skills: What students need to do.
Essential Knowledge: What students need to know.

Essential Questions explain WHY your content is important to your STUDENTS.

Supporting handouts:

Step 4: (begin to) Design the performance task

Supporting handouts

Scoring Guidelines: Assessing Content Mastery

Use a scoring guide to evaluate student performance of STANDARDS (not effort, appearance, "creativity," etc.).

Step 5: Determine Prerequisites and Sequence Learning Progression

All About Accountability / The Lowdown on Learning Progressions by James Popham for ASCD

Supporting handouts:


Discussion: What do you want to do with technology? (Prep for Wednesday session)

Questions? Feel free to contact me at: JR@TeachLearnTech.com


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Using Google Apps for Education in Independent Study

Redlands RISE Program

February 24, 2015

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Following this week's sessions, you should be able to

Use Google Drive

Use Google Docs

Collaborate with Others Through Drive

Use Google Slides

Consider Implications (no matter how far we've gotten, this occurs no later than 3:50 p.m.)

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