Performance-based assessment experts share research on student engagement and effort
June 3, 2021, NEW YORK – The Educational Aid Council, Inc. (CAE), a nonprofit developer of performance-based, personalized assessments that authentically measure students’ essential college readiness and career skills, recently presented “Optimizing performance tasks to assess college preparation”, at “Evaluation Challenges of Our New Decade” hosted by Beyond Multiple Choice. An international community of education and training actors committed to exploring, innovating and implementing the future of evaluation, Beyond Multiple Choice attracted hundreds of participants from around the world, explored pressing challenges facing the future of evaluation and shared expert visions and plans. , and tools to remedy it.
According to Beyond Multiple Choice, assessments have come under increasing criticism over the past decade, with critics claiming they are overused, applied unfairly and not aligned with optimal outcomes for training and education. The challenges of COVID-19 have highlighted already existing perceptions of the gaps in the assessment.
CAE Chief Product Officer Kelly Rotholz was one of more than a dozen diverse experts across the global landscape who explored this dynamic at BMC 2021. She presented the case for using ‘Authentic assessment and 20 years of using performance tasks to measure CAE secondary and higher levels. college and career preparation skills of education students.
She shared a sample performance task with participants, showing how assessments situate students in real-world scenarios and ask students to analyze and synthesize data and information, solve important problems, propose solutions and recommend action plans to resolve conflicts. Rotholz went on to describe CAE’s research showing that students are more engaged and put more effort into a performance task than conventional multiple-choice assessments.
“Performance-based assessments reflect real-world situations that are familiar to students, which creates strong engagement,” said Rotholz. “With increased commitment and effort on the part of students, educators can better understand student knowledge, skills and abilities rather than just students’ ability to memorize and remember. “