Authentic Assessment

Ok, blog readers. We’re going to start this off by playing a little game of Word Association. So, get out a pad of paper or just close your eyes and get ready to make a mental list. I’m going to give you a word.   For one minute, you’re going to write (or think of) all of the words that are, in your mind, associated. Are you ready? The word is: ASSESSMENT.

Keep writing or thinking for one whole minute!

Ding ding ding. Time is up! What words are on your list?

Here is my list:

Test, anxiety, study, multiple choice, guess, fill-in-the-blank, question, answer, recall, state, local, standardized, grade, paper, pencil, write, circle, evaluation, pass, fail, score.

I wonder if we have any of the same word associations! My guess is that we do have at least some commonalities. Because throughout our lives, we have all experienced or given traditional assessments. We may have even gotten to the point where we involuntarily cringe when we hear the word. There is SO MUCH talk about “assessment.” And let’s be honest… not all of it is positive.

But what if we could change that? For ourselves and for our students? What if we got to the point where we associated the word assessment, at least some of the time, with the following:

Perform, demonstrate, apply, essential knowledge and skills, engage, solve, problems, creativity, competence, mastery, tasks, real-life, evidence, criteria, complex, meaningful, proficiency.

How great would that feel? If those were the words that sprang to our minds when we thought of the word assessment?

There is hope and there is a place for authentic assessment in every curriculum. Register for our Authentic Assessment Academy (beginning January 6, 2016) to explore, design, implement and reflect upon your own authentic assessments or performance tasks. This workshop will include 5 sessions that focus on:

  • Assessment Design
  • Balanced Assessment Systems
  • Authentic, Performance-Based Assessments
  • Alignment & Rigor
  • Precision & Bias
  • Rubric Design
  • Peer Review & Feedback
  • Looking at Student Work

We hope to see you and your team there! Register today!

  • Wednesday January 6, 2016 – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday January 20, 2016 – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Friday February 26, 2016 – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Monday March 28, 2016 – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Friday April 15, 2016 – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Want to know more about authentic assessment before January, 6th? Check out this website, Authentic Assessment Toolbox, created by John Mueller.

Reeve_Catie_WEBCatie Reeve
Instructional Support Services

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