Authentic Assessment

Authentic Assessment, as conceptualized by Wiggins (1990) refers to assessment tasks that bear a closer resemblance to the kinds of tasks people do in the real world. I’ve found that teachers often focus on assessment tasks that are efficient and easy to mark such as a multiple-choice content quiz on a novel. While such a task may provide the teacher with some useful information, it only focuses on one type of skill: a student’s ability to recall information.


Through authentic assessment, students are encouraged to have a more active role in the assessment practice as they are aware of the learning goals and success criteria through use of check-lists or detailed rubrics. They may also participate in the development of these rubrics.


The artifacts in this section demonstrate classroom application of these theories through development of lessons, assessment tools, and curriculum planning.