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Performance-Based Assessment Resource Set

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element B: Teachers use formal and informal methods to assess student learning, provide feedback, and use results to inform planning and instruction.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

This set of five resources provide basic information about performance-based assessment, examples of it in action, and how to work it into your teaching practice.


This book chapter shares many examples of performance-based assessment and discusses how it can help you to determine whether a student is able to use what they have learned and apply that knowledge to a real-world problem. 

Explore the basics of performance-based assessments in this Edutopia article: "Performance-based assessments share the key characteristic of accurately measuring one or more specific course standards. They are also complex, authentic, process/product-oriented, open-ended, and time-bound."

"Common Core Demonstration Teacher Tracy Diekmann-Acuña uses Performance Task 3 from RCD Unit 1 as a formative assessment in her 3rd grade class."

"In Hampton High's Disaster Mission Relief, math students role-play air traffic controllers and pilots to assess their skills in a performance-based simulation."

"In Hampton High's PBA Chemistry Research Project, students create a model of their compound, produce a video about it, and defend it in a debate."

This Colorado Department of Education sample performance assessment for second graders lists the academic standards it addresses, provides structure, and other necessary supports needed to implement this assessment in your practice. This is one of many sample performance assessments created by teachers across the state.