21st Century Assessment How do we assess things in a 21st Century classroom?

Today’s K-12 assessments predominantly measure memorization of discrete facts, not the ability to apply that knowledge across disciplines, notes the Assessment Guide. To provide a rigorous education, accountability systems must be improved to measure whether students have deep knowledge of core academic subjects and the ability to think critically, problem solve and effectively communicate information about that knowledge. It is inherently important, but also difficult to create tests that demonstrate which teaching efforts result in better knowledge and skill acquisition. The guide offers several recommendations to states to help build rigorous assessments, including:
  • Incorporate a broader use of performance-based measures that focus on higher order thinking;
  • Measure skills alongside content; and
  • Build skills into formative assessment strategies by providing teachers with rubrics, checklists and professional development, as has been done in the Catalina Foothills School District (Tucson, Ariz.), the Metropolitan District of Lawrence Township (Ind.) and the New Technology High School models.

from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, October 30, 2009

Traditional --------------------------------------------- Authentic
Selecting a Response ------------------------------------ Performing a Task
Contrived --------------------------------------------------------------- Real-life
Recall/Recognition ------------------------------- Construction/Application
Teacher-structured ------------------------------------- Student-structured
Indirect Evidence -------------------------------------------- Direct Evidence

from the Authentic Assessment Tool Box
More about authentic assessment

If we can get our students from a place where they say "I got that answer wrong" to a place where they say "I really liked how they did that. I'm going to try that with my project next time" we are getting it right.

Assessment Tips

Assessing Projects
Buck Institute Education: Project Based Learning Online
Edutopia on Comprehensive Assessment
Assessing Projects with Intel
Achievement Series

Assessing Collaboration

Assessing Online Discussion
Assessing the quality of the post
Online discussion protocol and rubrics
Discussion Rubric




Comparison of a good and bad rubric
Catalina Foot Hills- example of a rubric to assess critical thinking

Surveys & Polls

SurveyMonkey free. if you want to download results to your computer, pro version is needed. Take this survey to see what it's like!
PollDaddy free surveys and voting devices. may be embedded in web spaces
PollEverywhere free Accounts for educators for up to 32 kids. poll your classroom using cell phones or computers

The eMetric site is designed to provide quick, easy and secure access to student performance results on the South Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP). This system provides a wealth of information in a highly interactive and flexible format.
Users can elect to display the data in tables, graphs or charts as they create custom summary reports and individualized student rosters. Users can completely customize their reports by selecting the specific content, statistics, aggregation levels, disaggregated groups or subgroups, and/or score variables to display on each report. Once created, each report can be conveniently saved or exported for later use and further analysis.
Each school has established usernames and passwords.
The test results can be accessed at https://solutions1.emetric.net/sdstep/

Achievement Series (SCANTRON)
Achievement Series is a powerful web-based assessment platform with multiple delivery capabilities. All public and private schools in South Dakota have the ability to use the Achievement Series application free of charge. The application can be used to manage current tests, develop new tests, administer schoolwide, district, and/or state tests, and report results immediately.
Students can take their tests online or on paper. Choose the most appropriate delivery method for your students, even using multiple delivery methods for the same test.

All tests and item banks (test question repositories) are in one location for security and easy access.
Individual teachers, committees, and administrators all get the test results they need immediately online as appropriate.

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Achievement Series

Formative Assessment
Classroom Assessment for Student Learning
Assessment is no longer being regarded as simply an accountability measurement. We are now understanding that assessment can be used in positive ways to benefit student learning. ESA Region 2 subscribes to the idea that formative assessment methods are valuable tools to help guide instruction.
ESA2 provides Professional Development opportunities to help educators understand the differences between formative and summative assessment, and how to decide what assessment method is appropriate for a task. Our ESA uses the text Classroom Assessment for Student Learning by Rick Stiggins as a guide in this process.

Ed Leadership Article further explaining the difference between summative and formative assessment

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