Part I of Classroom Assessments dealt primarily with assessing
students' cognitive abilities. In Part II, we will look at
the psychomotor and affective domains of learning, in addition to
cognitive. In particular, this component focuses on performance
assessments, classroom interactions, and student dispositions.
Performance assessments are very effective for measuring
the process and products involved with student achievement. Also
referred to as authentic assessment or alternative assessment, performance
assessments involve observing student performances and examining
products they have created.
A rubric is one of the best instruments to use for performance assessment.
This lesson concentrates on the fundamental elements of rubrics,
as well as technology and techniques that are available for creating
rubrics. An overview of a popular, closely related construct, portfolio
assessments, is also included.