Teachers Guide: How to use alternative assessments in the classroom

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Alternative assessments are assessments that go beyond traditional multiple-choice tests and essays. Some examples of alternative assessments include:

  1. Portfolios: A collection of a student’s work, such as writing samples, drawings, and presentations, that demonstrate their progress and understanding over time.
  2. Performances: Assessing students through live or recorded performances, such as speeches, plays, or musical performances.
  3. Oral presentations: Allowing students to present their understanding of a topic through spoken word.
  4. Projects: Having students complete a project that demonstrates their understanding of a topic.
  5. Self-assessments: Having students reflect on their own learning and progress.

How to use alternative assessments in the classroom

  1. Clearly communicate the learning objectives and criteria for success for each assessment.
  2. Provide opportunities for students to engage in the type of learning that the alternative assessment is measuring.
  3. Provide feedback and support throughout the process to help students improve their work.
  4. Incorporate a variety of alt assessments throughout the year to provide a comprehensive view of student learning.
  5. Reflect on the results of the alt assessments and use the data to inform instruction and improve student learning.
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