SEED Professional Practice Study Update: Exploring Performance-Based Assessment

Maggie Bruski

This spring, a handful of teachers across northwestern Colorado are participating in one of SEED’s completely online course offerings centered around performance-based assessment. As a member of this eight week, one continuing education graduate credit course, teachers are exploring the question “how might a performance-based assessment allow students to demonstrate mastery of standards in a way that is authentic and meaningful?” To seek the answer, this course is highlighting the following topics:

  • Best practices in authentic assessments.

  • Elements of effective performance-based assessment.

  • Implementing a self-designed performance-based assessment to determine levels of student learning.

Over the span of this learning experience, teachers are learning about the essential elements of performance-based assessment and then they are being asked to create and implement their assessment.

If you are interested in learning more about this authentic form of assessment, I would encourage you to view the SEED PAK Cultivated Set on performance-based assessment, which features a PD Market resource that was an anchor resource for course participants: Chapter 1. What is Performance-Based Learning and Assessment, and Why is it Important? The Cultivated Set not only has resources that share the essential components of this type of assessment but also features examples of how it might look at various grade levels and content areas.