Performance Assessment

Performance Assessment


Performance assessment, also known as alternative or authentic assessment, is a form of testing that requires students to perform a task rather than select an answer from a ready-made list.

Students will be assessed on authentic tasks and are asked to demonstrate their understanding by applying their knowledge to a particular situation. They may be asked to create something just like in a real world situation to indicate their knowledge and understanding. You will have to have a strong rubric so that the students have a way to measure their success.

There are several different ways for teachers to assess students. Competency can be demonstrated by performance on an assessment or the creation of a digital artifact. The assessment can be teacher created which could be in the form of an online assessment. It can also be student created where students demonstrate their proficiency by creating an artifact.


  1. In the table below are a number of teacher created and student created modes of assessment.
  2. Choose at least one from each side of the table to explore the types of performance assessment.

    Teacher Created - (Testing) Student Created (Artifacts)
    Edulastic - technology enhanced

    EdPuzzle - video and quiz
    questions EDpuzzle Demo video

    GoFormative - students receive live
    results and feedback from tech
    enhanced item

    Google Forms - quiz creator

    Learning Express Library - test preparation
    materials and interactive practice exams on
    Michigan eLibrary
    Choose Practice Tests.

    Quizhub - 100's of interactive quizzes

    Teachem - video and quiz
    questions - infographic

    Google Slides - present with
    using slides

    Photopeach - present
    using photos and music

    Picktochart - infographic

    TES Teach with Blendspace -
    online presentations

    Venngage - infographic

  3. Using one of the tools from #2 above, choose an activity below to integrate in your classroom and demonstrate your proficiency in performance assessment.

    Sample activities include:

    • Have your students search for a video on a topic that they are studying. Assign individuals or partners the task of creating a video demonstrating knowledge of the topic they are studying.

      • Have them use Teachem or EDpuzzle to trim the video, add a voiceover (a microphone will be needed), insert audio notes and quiz questions. Have them share their creations with you and each other.
    • Create a quiz in Google Forms or FoFormative and have the students take the quiz.
    • Have your students create a multimedia presentation using TES Blendspace or Photopeach.
    • Have your students create an infographic.
    • Have your students explore Learning Express or Quizhub.
    • There are a myriad of real-world tasks for students to perform and complete for performance assessment. In the module Transforming Education-Maker Movement, students are encouraged to make/create and or perform. Check out the Maker Movement module if you would like to learn more about the Maker Movement for performance assessment.
    • Or one approved by your instructor
  4. It is very important that you create a rubric to guide the student learning when they are creating artifacts. Below are two examples of online rubric creators that will make it much easier to create a rubric.

    a. Rubistar
    b. Tech4learning Rubric Maker

  5. You now have access to some very dynamic and interactive resources to use with your students. You should have learned how to use at least one of the above tools and used it with your students.
  6. Share with your instructor which tools you used by adding them to your TES Blendspace. Also include the link to your rubric if you had your students do a student created artifact.

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