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1. What is "authentic assessment"?
2. What is a specific example of an authentic assessment that you do (or would) use in your current (or future) classroom?
3. How is authentic assessment different from traditional assessment measures?
4. What are the benefits/advantages of authentic assessments over traditional assessment measures?
Please provide at least 3-5 APA professional-practice-based rationale references that support the use of authentic types of assessments.

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1. What is "authentic assessment"?

One source offers a concrete definition that I completely advocate:

Olfos, R., & Zulantay, H. (2007). Reliability and Validity of Authentic Assessment in a Web Based Course. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 10(4), 156-173.

The authors define it as "performance assessment, appropriate assessment, alternative assessment, or direct assessment; authentic assessment includes a variety of techniques such as written products, portfolios, checklists, teacher observations, and group projects" (156).
I see it as a natural extension of what's taught in the classroom and focuses on active learning "...that produces refined results or products, and is associated with multiple learning indicators" (156).

In fact, it not only evaluates the products, but also the processes involved. It is a process that monitors the learner's "...progress using a variety of methods, such as observation records, interviews, and evidence gathering" (156).

2. What is a specific example of an authentic assessment that you do ...

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500 words of references and notes briefly explore the merits of authentic assessment.

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Authentic Assessments

Prepare a 3-page research-based and professional-practice-based rationale that supports the use of authentic types of assessments. (By "professional practice" we mean the literature written by educators who describe how and why they use authentic assessment methods.)

Examine multiple strategies of authentic assessment, including student-centered and teacher-centered scenarios, as well as self-assessment, surveys, and portfolios.

This rationale must clearly address each of the following:

What is "authentic assessment"?
What is a specific example of an authentic assessment that you do (or would) use in your current (or future) classroom?
How is authentic assessment different from traditional assessment measures?
What are the benefits/advantages of authentic assessments over traditional assessment measures?

Your research and professionally based rationale is to clearly illustrate your understanding of authentic assessments as depicted in the Background information reading.

This essay is considered the signature assignment of the course. A signature assignment reflects knowledge or skills essential to meeting a student learning outcome—in this case, information literacy. The signature assignment can be viewed as a milestone in the student's progress toward fulfilling one or several program outcomes.

Use a number of resources from the research and professional literature to support your claims. In particular:

Be sure to use at least 3-5 references to scholarly literature.

The references should be properly cited in the text and the reference section.

Remember, Wikipedia is not considered an acceptable resource for academic writing.

The structure of your submission should demonstrate your ability to present and support your insights in a clear, organized, and professional manner.

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