In general, a performance-based assessment measures students' ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned from a unit or units of study. I have created lab-based performance assessments using the knowledge of the concepts taught in class.The students benefit greatly performing hands on activities that bring the concepts from class to life. The only draw back is the time required to create a meaningful performance based assessment and the proper grading rubric.
A performance based assessment is a way to assess if a student can complete a specific task or apply a skill to solve a problem. In the chemistry department we use a lab practical to assess students lab skills. Benefits of performance based assessments are that they allow students who are not generally good "test takers" to demonstrate what they know in a different mode. Also, in the modern age, work skills are sometimes focused more on what a person can "do" rather than what they "know" as facts become easily accessible through the internet.
My idea of a performance based assessment is engaging students in learning by giving them a real-world connection to the material. This gives them a felt need to learn the content and a deeper knowledge is obtained through the learning activities. I have a little bit of experience with developing and using performance based assessments through LATIC training that I went through. Benefits are that the students are more involved and connected to the learning and therefore more likely to obtain a deeper understanding. Drawbacks are that not all students prefer this method due to the fact that they are not used to this learning style and are not comfortable with it.
A performance based assessment is the ability to critically think, apply knowledge and experiences while performing a task to answer questions. I have not had much experience with developing them but have tried to utilize and implement many within my lessons. Some of the drawbacks is that they are time consuming, but beneficial. Over the last few years I've tried to include as many as I can within the time constraints of the curriculum.
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