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In academic settings specific targets criteria standards and other reference points help define goals Feedback is information about how the students state of learning and performance relates to these goals and standards Through assessment measurement and evaluation teachers are able to transmit necessary feedback messages to students about what is right and wrong in their academic work about its strengths and weaknesses and in turn students can use this information to make subsequent improvements The general definition of assessment is the process of obtaining information to be used for making decisions about curricula students programs and educational policy The term also describes the actual tools tests papers projects etc used to gather information Bohlin Durwin Reese-Weber 2009 Assessment occurs in different forms and for different purposes throughout the learning process and some forms are more effective than others in helping students learn and helping teachers deliver better instruction The use of a variety of assessment strategies at the classroom level plays a vital role in the current educational reform movement to meet the demand for increasing rigor and developing 21st century skills as well as promoting student learning and informing instructional decision-making Performance assessment authentic assessment and formative assessment are three current essential forms of assessment to focus on in evaluating effectiveness in high schoolsIn order to understand the effects of each type of assessment we must define the various forms To begin performance assessment is defined as any form of assessment that requires students to carry out an activity or develop a product in order to demonstrate skill or knowledge Bohlin Durwin Reese-Weber 2009 It asks students to perform create produce or do something that involves the use of higher-level problem-solving skills and can be completed individually or as a group and may have oral and written components Performance assessment tasks may include presentations projects portfolios or anything in which a student displays ability
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