MZD has prepared a white paper on the Power of Performance Assessments. This documents provides a perspective and highlights the benefits of performance assessments and the many advantages they represent when incorporated into existing assessment practices.
Performance assessments are structured in a way that encourages deeper engagement by eliciting elaboration, questioning, synthesis, and justification.
The benefits of performance assessment can yield breakthroughs in student learning. By aligning classroom best practices with assessment methodology, empowering students with choice, and creating motivating assessments for student, districts may realize new frontiers in student achievement. While this type of transformation doesn’t occur over night, each step toward a comprehensive assessment program is progress.