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Introduction For centuries the prevailing assumption about learning has been that the teacher tells shows or demonstrates facts knowledge rules of action and principles and then the students practices them Burton 1996 Hence the way in which a student was assessed has been indicative of this assumption However in the last decade there has been somewhat of a revolution in the world of education Educators and policy makers alike have worked to develop new methods of teaching and learning that center around improving assessment performance standards in hopes of raising the standard of education With the advent of new accountability standards such as the No Child left Behind Bush 2001 act designed for educators to improve the quality of education for children educators are finding new and creative ways to provide instruction for children that has moved teaching beyond the telling showing and demonstration of facts However the cost associated with these new standards of education are antithetical to what these new standards were designed to do which in turn is affecting students and educators alike This paper will look at the history of performance assessments and the ways in which high stakes testing has become the dominant pedagogy for teachers in America This paper will also look at the pros and cons of performance assessments and some strategies for improving the overall quality of education for children in America History of Performance Assessments Since testing was first introduced as a policy mechanism in China in 210 BC there have been four major ways to assess behavior and performance First you could have asked the person to supply an oral or written answer to a series of questions eg essay questions etc Second you can ask a person to produce a product eg a portfolio or artwork a research paper etc Third you could require the person to perform an act to be evaluated against certain criteria eg conduct
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