Features of Good Performance Assessment
Good assessment share five key features:
- Clear targets:
- Provide clear descriptions of specific achievement expectations
to be assessed.
- Measure one or more of the four achievement expectations.
- Assure that evaluators understand and remain aware of what
they are assessing.
- Focused purpose:
- Clarify the intended uses of the assessment results.
- Specify whose information needs the assessment will meet:
teachers, curriculum developers, and policymakers.
- Proper method:
- Use an assessment method that is suited to the assessment
goals (such as essays, direct communication, selected response
or extended investigations).
- Sound sampling:
- Provide a representative sample of all the questions that
can be asked.
- Produce results of maximum quality at minimum cost in time
- Yield confident inferences about how the respondent would
have done given all possible exercises.
- Accurate assessment free of bias and distortion:
- Present sources of inference and error that may have affected
the development and implementation of the assessment.
- Anticipate sources of bias that can create ambiguity in