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Creating Authentic Assessment

Authentic Assessment

This mini-course will be focusing on using authentic assessment in the classroom. It will be a course targeted towards current or future educators who want a wider knowledge base in learning about and how to create and use authentic assessment that is geared toward student understanding and performance. It is important for students to not only “know” the information being taught, but prove that they know and understand through performing in real-world situations. For example, a baskeball coach does not ask his players to take a multiple choice test to prove that they know all of the plays. Rather, through practice and implementing the plays, the coach can assess which players truly understand, and which do not. Taking a test on the plays isn’t enough – just because you “know” it, doesn’t mean you can implement it into the real world. How can we begin to change our assessment in the classroom so that students can use what they are learning in the real world?

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

1. Understand what authentic assessment is and the benefits of using it in the classroom.

2. Understand the various types of authentic assessment that can be implemented in the clasroom.

3. Understand the step by step process to creating an authenic assessment opportunity.

4. Evaluate their own student assessment and design a new assessment opportunity incorporating the basics of authentic assessment.

Task Analysis


Everyone taking this mini-course on authentic assessment should previously have:

  • A basic understanding of using assessment in the classroom.
  • Some form of teaching or classroom experience - whether it be classroom observation, student teaching, or teaching.
  • A willingness to open your mind and create new and authentic learning opportunities for your students.

Unit Objectives

Unit 1 - What is authentic assessment?
  • Understand what authentic assessment is.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits of authentic assessment to traditional assessment.
  • Understand how authentic assessment best serves the needs of student assessment and why it should be used in the classroom.
Unit 2 - Types of authentic assessment
  • Describe the various types of authentic assessment that can be used in the classroom to determine student performance.
  • Understand how a portfolio is effective as an authentic assessment opportunity for students.
Unit 3 - Steps to creating authentic assessment opportunities
  • Understand the four step process to creating authentic assessment.
  • Understand how a rubric can effectively measure student performance on an authentic assessment opportunity.
  • Understand the steps to creating an effective rubric.
Unit 4 - Evaluating and revising current student assessment
  • Choose a current lesson and student assessment, and revise it to become an authentic assessment opportunity for students by using the four-step process.
  • Reflect upon experience creating authentic assessment and how it can be used in the classroom in the future.

Instructional Map

File:Curriculum Map 1.doc


Here is a link to the resources I used for Creating Authentic Assessment --- Authentic Assessment Resources