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ERIC Number: EJ1094334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Putting the Focus on Student Engagement: The Benefits of Performance-Based Assessment
Barlowe, Avram; Cook, Ann
American Educator, v40 n1 p4-11, 43 Spr 2016
For more than two decades, the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a coalition of 38 public high schools, has steered clear of high-stakes testing, which superficially assess student learning. Instead, the consortium's approach relies on performance-based assessments--essays, research papers, science experiments, and high-level mathematical problems--to engage students and measure their knowledge and skills in a deep and meaningful way over time. In this article, the authors present how this form of assessment is working and benefiting the students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
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