Quality Performance Assessment: Harnessing the Power of Teacher and Student Learning

Christina Brown and Pascale Mevs

Standardized testing is just one form of assessment available to districts and schools. To generate a robust portrait of students’ achievement, policymakers and educators should consider quality performance assessments that measure mastery rather than memorization.

This 2012 report offers a definition for performance assessment and details examples of schools using these systems. The authors provide a framework and essential elements for implementing a performance assessment system, including aligned instruction and professional communities of practice.

Regardless of the standards or the assessments that measure them, all students should have the opportunity to engage in meaningful work that prepares them for the 21st century workplace.