Authentic Task Assessment Resource

Douglas S. Fleming (
Wed, 13 Mar 1996 12:01:24 +0000 (GMT)

Authentic assessment tasks engage students by helping them
identify with a real life role ("you are a museum curator and..",
"you are an architect...") or personal experience (you have five
friends coming to your house and there are only three cookies to
share. How would you share them?") Authentic assessment tasks
pose problems in which students are absorbed in finding a
solution. Solving authentic tasks involves higher order thinking
skills. Students are synthesizing, classifying, hypothesizing,
or explaining as they search for solutions. Authentic tasks
allow for multiple strategies and solutions, or multiple
strategies and one solution.

If you are involved in designing more authentic assessment tasks
for your Language Arts, Social Studies, Arts, or Mathematics
program or interdisciplinary units, you may want to contact
EXEMPLARS for a free preview kit. Maybe you are just looking for
some good "problems of the day" or "problems of the week" to use
in your course. Their preview kit presents several mathematics
tasks at Grade levels K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each task presents a
problem as it would be presented to students, the teaching
context (what students have learned prior to presenting the
task), scoring rubrics to guide task assessment of the student
product, and benchmark samples of student responses reflecting
each level of performance.

All that is free. If you decide to purchase some of their
products or use some of their services, you will get both hard
copy and a disk so that you can personalize the tasks for your
students and local practice. If I say anymore, it will sound
like a commercial. But what you get FREE is an education in

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