Performance assessment measures students skills based on tasks such as activities, exercises, or problems that require students to show what they can know. In some cases students will need to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or topic by applying their knowledge to a particular situation. By demonstrating what they know, this can be a more valid indicator of the students' knowledge and abilities.
Standardized assessments are secure tests administered to large groups of students for the purpose of measuring academic achievement.
A rubric is a multi-purpose scoring guide for assessing student products and performances. This tool works in a number of different ways to advance student learning. In addition, rubrics improve teaching, contribute to sound assessment, and are an important source of information for program improvement. This is very important when documenting data from ELL.
Rubrics make the assessment process more accurate and fair. By referring to a common
rubric in reviewing each student product or performance, a teacher is more likely to be
consistent in his or her judgments. A rubric helps to anchor judgments because it continually
draws the reviewer’s attention to each of the key criteria so that the teacher is less likely to differ their submission of the criteria from student to student.
Due to my position as ISS teacher I have not used a rubric within the classroom for three years. I do recall using a Generic rubric in language assessment, when I was teaching Special Need students. The Rubric was generally for writing and speaking. A truly generic rubric could be applied to any task within the same modality or mode. The dimensions in a generic rubric for second language assessment often emphasize features of language production, such as comprehensibility, accuracy, and vocabulary, without making reference to specific content or task details. Generic rubrics are often derived from models of...