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Watch “What is Authentic Assessment?”
Artificial assessments such as pencil and paper tests may not be the best way to
determine how much your students have learned.
What makes an assessment authentic and how can you evaluate progress using an
authentic artifact? Give me a 250-300 word response with 2-3 references.
What is “Authentic” Assessment? (Transcript)
Whitney: The School of the Future is a six through twelve public school in District Two
in New York City. It’s located on the corner of 22nd Street and Lexington Avenue in
John: I have to usually answer why it’s called “School of the Future.” Half the people
think we beam people up to the Star Trek Enterprise. But actually what I say is that
School of the Future, although originally was named for Macintosh computers, my
partner and I feel that School of the Future now is a spearhead of progressive education
that is rigorous and accountable.
Stacy: And we’re continuing to be a progressive school, but also to figure out how we are
folding in assessment and folding in accountability. I think what makes authentic
assessment authentic is that it’s actually the kind of work that a person in that discipline
would do. A science authentic assessment would challenge the kids to do the same kind
of task that a scientist would actually do.
Esther: We’re trying to give work that either mirrors what they might be doing later in
life, or will prepare them for those kind of tasks, or is simply meaningful to them.
Andy: In terms of authentic work within the school, it needs to be something that the
student really cares about, and that the teacher really cares about. So if we want a school
where it’s just really making real change and really addressing students in their hearts,
then we can’t have curriculum that is just going through the motions.
Whitney: And then the other piece is that making sure the task is a synthesis type of task.
That will ensure the critical thinking necessary to feel that rigor is happening.
Mike: I think of authentic assessment as a window into the true understanding of the
Whitney: It makes teaching much more efficient. You think that it takes all this time, but
in fact it’s far more targeted and efficient, and it really speeds things up.
Mike: I think first about what are the big ideas I want them to come away with. Some
may argue that’s curriculum, but I think it’s even more fundamental than curriculum.
What are the big things I want the students to be able to walk away with?
Whitney: The key is asking yourself, “How will I know?” And ask that upfront as you’re
doing backwards planning. What does that learning look like? What does it sound like?
What would I be hearing? What would I be seeing on paper? And then based on that,
creating whatever assessment tool works best for you.
Mike: When you’re starting to plan your curriculum, start with– all right. What are the
three assessments then? The three big ones that I’m going to see whether or not they got
these skills, and then you can start think of smaller assessments on their way. They’re
little check-ins. And then designing the activities that go along with does this activity that
I normally do, does it address what I really want them to understand?
Andy: I’ve been teaching now for about 13 years, and a lot of educational fads have come
and gone. But one that I believe is hopefully here with us to stay is precisely this question
of how do we know they got it? Before, sometimes it felt like if we taught a great lesson
and the students were nodding a lot, and maybe writing in their notebooks, we felt good.
But now we have to find out did they actually understand the material we were teaching
them? Are they connecting this to their own intellectual interests? Is it authentic for
them? Was there real learning that happened there? And I think we’re getting better at
doing that as teachers. I think we’re getting better at doing that.
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