Performance based assessments are activities that allow students to apply concepts mastered in class to solve simulated or real world problems.
Ability to understand and apply key concepts. Performance based assessments have been used for applying specific laboratory techniques learned from important concepts throughout the unit. These assessments require the students to think and apply what they have learned. However, these types of assessments are difficult to create.
I am unsure how to define a performance based assessment, as the parameters seem very broad. I think I have little experience developing them considering I'm unsure of the definition. Based on a groupmate's definition (an assessment of student understanding of concepts through simulation of real-world problems), benefits would be student freedom to think and work at their own pace. A drawback could be students who are not fully prepared for the assessment being overwhelmed by the freedom of choice and unable to begin their work.
I'm still learning how to create PBA's. My experience has been minimal, and I'm looking forward to increasing my understanding.
I utilize many performance based assessments; developing authentic videos, debates-students role-play a situation, and hands-on activities where students are engaged in learning.
gaps or misconceptions can be addressed
students that struggle with tests can be assessed on their strengths; public speaking, hands-on activities
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