Performance Task

Definition 

A demonstration of the application of knowledge and skill to a problem or task that is found in the "real world," tailored to a specific audience, and assessed by clear standards/outcomes for success. (Also called a Performance Assessment).

Features 

  • Meaningful Assessment

Designer's Tips 

"At the school level, it is important to define your approach to Performance-based Assessment or ""Performance Tasks"" as part of your overall Assessment Strategy. For example, will every instructional unit culminate in a performance task? What kinds of performance tasks are students expected to complete? What role do revision cycles play in the assessment process?

At the instructional level, note that the design of performance tasks -- and the many steps involved in designing the scaffolded learning experiences that engage and prepare students to successfully complete them -- is an advanced educator skillset. Depending on the experience and training of your team, you may want to consider sourcing a set of high-quality performance tasks as a provisional assessment bank until your team has received the training and support to design their own.

Also, remember the ultimate purpose of performance-based assessments is to create authentic learning opportunities for students that prepare them for the types of work products they will be expected to produce in college and in professional settings -- from defending claims to engaging in collaborative discussions; from giving multimedia presentations to solving complex problem sets. Be sure to communicate and reinforce this purpose and rationale to students. One creative way to do so is to create a scenario-based context for performance assessments that illuminates the value and relevance of the competencies being demonstrated through the task, while also exposing students to diverse career pathways.

reDesign's bank of content-neutral Performance Tasks provides guidance in developing high-quality, college-preparatory tasks that can be used with students in grades 4-12. Explore the Performance Task section of our Design Lab. "

Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term. 

Assessment to Support Competency-Based Pathways

Description 

This report offers practical advice to designers and implementers of assessment systems in competency-based environments. It addresses the challenge of creating summative assessments that are valid, reliable, and meaningful. While it is possible to achieve, creating a quality system requires thoughtful considerations of such features as grain size and learning sequences. A number of case studies presented.

Authors 

Chris Domaleski, Brian Gong, Karin Hess, Scott Marion

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

Center for Assessment & Achieve

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Performance-Based Grading
Proficiency-Based Grading
Performance Task
Performance Assessment

Making Mastery Accessible--Model_Assessment Pathway

Description 

This model Assessment Pathway was designed for Schools for the Future, which uses a blend of the Edgenuity Course Catalog and reDesign-developed Performance Tasks Guides. The model provides everyone in a school community with a bird's' eye view of the number of times students will undertake specific tasks within an individual course, department or school year/level, as well as across multiple years/levels, courses and departments. To work on creating your own Pathway, use our Assessment Pathway Tool (above).

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Performance Task
Performance Assessment

Making Mastery Accessible: Assessment Pathway Tool

Description 

One of the best ways to ensure that students have enough opportunity to master new content and skills is to develop an Assessment Pathway (also called an Evidence Map or Opportunity Map). The Pathway allows educators to map out when and where students will have the opportunity to undertake college- and career-aligned tasks. This prototyping tool provides a way for designers to begin mapping out the kinds of performance tasks students will undertake at each performance level, in each department, and across the school as a whole.

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Assessment Pathway
Performance Task
Performance Assessment

Making Mastery Accessible: College Benchmarked Performance Tasks

Description 

In 2013, reDesign scanned the syllabi from a broad range of college freshman courses from some of the most competitive colleges and from some of the most open institutions. The scan revealed that across the country, college freshmen are assigned a remarkably similar set of assignments during their first year (argumentative essays, lab reports, research papers, informational essays, annotated texts with reflective summaries, and mathematical models).

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Document

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Performance Task
Performance Assessment

Assessing Learning: Students at the Center

Description 

This paper examines five defining qualities of student-centered assessment and underscores its importance as part of a balanced system of formative, interim, and summative assessments that, taken together, provide useful detailed information to inform learning, instruction, decision making, and policy. Several useful student-centered assessment resources can be found on the bottom of the page, including a collection of videos.

Authors 

Heidi Andrade, Kristen Huff, Georgia Brooke

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

Jobs for the Future

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Diagnostic Assessment
Formative Assessment
Performance Task
Performance Assessment