Measure What Students Can Do Rather Than Just What They Know

In today’s world, there is increasing agreement that students need more than content knowledge to succeed. Critical thinking, problem solving, qualitative and quantitative reasoning, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills are all needed to be successful. Yet, multiple choice tests are not designed to accurately measure these skills. Performance-based assessments are.

Performance-based assessments require students to use the higher-order skills needed for academic and career success. This approach to assessment is more authentic and relevant as it captures what students can do rather than just what they know.

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