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ERIC Number: EJ813588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Exhibiting Authentic Achievement
Davidson, Jill
Principal Leadership, v9 n1 p36-41 Sep 2008
Exhibitions are among the performance-based assessment methods that benefit students and educators. Students gain a sense of their capabilities and areas for growth and emerge better prepared for the future by completing projects and exhibitions that replicate the kinds of open-ended challenges faced by people working in a field of study. Through the use of well-calibrated rubrics, educators amass data that indicate the ways in which students demonstrate their mastery of the skills and habits of mind that senior projects demand. Those data also help educators align personalized curricula with state standards and with the kind of thinking and abilities that young people who are moving on from high school and into higher education and the work force need. For students, authentic academic achievement is defined through three criteria critical to significant intellectual accomplishment: (1) construction of knowledge; (2) disciplined inquiry; and (3) the value of achievement beyond school. This article describes how authentic achievement can be assessed through exhibitions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts