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Demonstrating Understanding

Demonstrating Understanding

Demonstrating Understanding and Skill

The tables below include an overview of the methods, purposes, and instruments used for demonstrating understanding and skill. Links provide more detailed information and specific examples. Additional rubrics and scoring guide samples for products and performances are located within the Assessing Projects application.

 

Assessment Method Purpose When Used Instrument
Products Products are things that students create and build that show learning. (Examples in table below.) Often completed at end of project, but depends on product and length of project.
Performances Performances are demonstrations, productions, and events that students design and conduct to show learning. (Examples in table below.) Often presented at end of project, but depends on product and length of project.
Portfolios Portfolios allow for the assessment of students' progress, processes, and performance over time.  Accumulate work and reflections over the course of a project, semester, class, or year.
Student-Led Conferences Student-led conferences require students to organize and communicate their learning by sharing their goals, work, self assessments, and reflections, usually with parents. Schedule at the beginning of the year to help set goals and inform parents of expectations and at the end of a project or the year to reflect on growth.
Products and Performance Tasks
Products Reports (doc) Historical research, scientific research, journal article for publication, policy recommendations
Designs (doc) Product design, home design, building or school design blueprints, transportation alternatives
Constructions (doc) Models, machines, exhibits, dioramas
Essays (doc) Letters-to-the editor, guest column for local newspaper or community publication, book and movie reviews, story writing
Artistic Expressions (doc) Pottery, sculpture, poetry, fine art, posters, cartoon, mural, collage, painting, song writing, movie script
Print Media (doc): books, pamphlets, brochures Nature trail guide, self-guided walk through community history, public service announcement, history scrapbook, photo timeline, investigative documentary, commercial, training manual, animation/cartoon 
Multimedia (doc): informational kiosk, video, photo journal, slideshow, digital book
Performances Presentations (doc) Persuasive proposal, inspiring speech, debate, informative lecture, research analysis and conclusions, newscast
Skill Demonstrations (doc) Science laboratory processes, constructions, specific sports skills, teaching or mentoring younger students, on-demand tasks
Artistic/Creative Performances (doc) Interpretive dance, play, skit, character study, docu-drama, readers’ theater, radio plays
Simulations (doc) Mock trial, reenactment of historical event, role play
Assessment Strategies