Standards capture what students should know
and be able to do with what they know. Assessment must evolve
to provide evidence of achieving these goals. It is not a
question of whether teaching to the test is good or bad; rather,
the issue is whether it’s the best way to assess. Standards-based
assessment provides the vision of what the standards look
like in terms of actual student performance.
The aim of assessment is primarily to educate and improve student
performance, not merely to audit it.
and Jay McTighe. 1998. Understanding by Design.Alexandria,
Va.: Asso-ciation for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Assessment must capture the essence of the
curriculum, the key elements of the instruction, embodying
what we truly believe is the most important component of what
With that in mind, and remembering what you
recently learned about the standards and language learning levels,
answer the following questions.
Activity 1: Select the communication standard
represented by the following performance assessments.
Read the following performance tasks. Choose the most appropriate
levels that describe the students' progression.
Reflection: Please copy and paste
the following question into your word processor
or download the word document containing the question. Then
answer the question and save it for your professional development
- Think of one assessment you have done
or observed recently that you feel really captured what
students can do in the target language. Explain this
assessment example and identify what specifically you learned
about students' language proficiency through their performance.
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