Performance-Based Assessment

Performance-based assessment describes an approach to testing using tasks, which differs considerably from traditional assessment formats. Although wide variation exists among the range of tasks that fall under this approach, performance-based testing tasks are characterized by at least one (or more typically, two or more) of the following three elements. First, performance-based assessment often involves high levels of interactivity or engagement with the testing task/item. Second, the result of performance-based assessment is usually the generation of a unique product or performance. The third and perhaps most defining element of performance-based assessment is the extent to which the testing task is contextualized in highly realistic scenarios. For tests composing one or more performance-based tasks, the measurement expectation is that the test takers will demonstrate their ...

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