A Performance Based Assessment is one type of assessment that can be created. The format allows staff members to set up an online scoring grid for a performance based assessment that students complete externally. It may be aligned to content standards and can include Assessment Objectives, or sub scores. While Raw Score / Numeric entry is generally the more common score type, it should be noted that Performance Based assessments can be used to evaluate students non-numerically via dropdown lists, alpha characters, and notes.
Once the performance assessment has been graded, the student scores can be manually inputted into the online scoring grid for data analysis.
This article will review the process for creating a Performance Based Assessment.
Where to Start
- From the Top Menu Bar Grid icon, click the Assessments tile.
- Once the Manage Assessments page opens, click the green Create Assessments button located in the upper right corner of the screen and in the dropdown menu select Performance Based.
Performance Based Assessment (with Standards)
Performance Based Assessment (with Objectives)
Performance Based Assessment (with Standards & Objectives)
Performance Based Assessment (No Standards or Objectives)
Note the breadcrumb arrow links for the different assessment setup screens. As you complete each step, it will be denoted in the breadcrumb with a green check which serves as a visual cue of your progress. The current step will be highlighted in green.
An assessment cannot be published until all steps in the breadcrumb are checked.
School Year - The new assessment will default to the school year as set in My Preferences. To select another year, click on the current year and select the desired year from the drop down.
Assessment Level - Depending on your role, you may be able to create assessments at the School and/or District level. Select the level appropriate for your assessment, if a selection is available.
Assessment Name - Enter the assessment name. The assessment name must be unique and clear to you and anyone you may decide to share with.
Subject - Select the subject from the drop-down menu. You can add other subjects in the next step, if desired.
Existing Collection - (Optional) Select an existing Collect to save the assessment to.
PLC - (Optional) Select an existing Professional Learning Community (PLC).
Tag Assessment - (Optional) Give your assessment a tag for easier search capability within the Manage Assessments module.
Include Standards - (Optional) Align your assessment to content standards. If you want to include standards, slide No to Yes. Upon doing so, a Standards step will be added to the assessment setup breadcrumb trail.
Include Notes - Allows staff users to enter up to 3000 character notes/observations for a student at the time of score entry for Performance Based assessments. Currently, the notes will only be teacher-facing and students will not see the notes within the Student Portal. A Performance Based assessment can contain a mix of regular scoring methods and notes entry or can be notes entry only.
When selected, Notes will display as a column in the Performance Based Score Entry screen. Saved notes will appear within the Test Results report and the teacher-facing Student History Report.
Include Assessment Objectives - (Optional) Your assessment may include one or more objectives (or sub-scores). Slide No to Yes. Upon doing so, an Objectives step will be added to the assessment setup breadcrumb trail.
Enter Rubric - (Optional) Slide No to Yes, and either write the rubric in the textbox, or upload an existing rubric from your desktop (must be a PDF). The rubric you attach will display as a reference for staff to refer to while entering scores. If your assessment does include Objectives, a scoring rubric for each Objective may be entered in the Objectives step.
- Score Label - Determine the Score Label for the assessment. Default drop down menu options include Raw Score, Percent Correct, Scale Score or Performance Level. You may also create a new label.
If there are no Objectives, the Score Label and Score Type must be selected for the assessment in this step. If there are Objectives, the Score Label and Score Type will be selected for each Objective in the Objectives step.
Score Type - Determine the Score Type for the assessment. There are three Score Type options to choose from: Numeric, Alpha and List. If you want to use Raw Score as your Score Label, then the Score Type would be Numeric.
If you would like to calculate an Overall Score, each objective must have the same Score Label, and the Score Type must be Numeric. The Range can vary.
- Value - Range or Selected Values
Range - Determine the Range of the scores for the selected Score Type. Select the 'Prevent Decimal Entry' checkbox to restrict score entry to whole number values.
Selected Values - Allows users to select specific values between 0-999 (e.g., 0,2,4,6 or 0,1,2,3). Users will see button options in the score entry screen when there are 4 or fewer options to select from. A dropdown will appear when there are greater than 4 options and whole number selections are required. Text box entry will remain for Ranges that allow decimal entry.
- Setup for Multiple Grades (optional) - Slide No to Yes to set up the assessment for multiple grades. This will combine unique grade level assessments into a single, multi-grade assessment. Students will not be able to take the assessment online. Note that this option is not necessary for course-based assessments.
- Student Selection - There are four options for scheduling students.
Schedule all students to take this assessment - If you are a teacher level user, then all students are all the students on your roster(s). If you are a school level user, then all students are all rostered students at your school. If you are a district level user, then all students are all students across the district.
Schedule students by grade level - Use this option if you want only students in a specific grade(s) to take the assessment. Check the box(es) of the grade(s) you wish to schedule
Schedule students by Course Group or Course - Use this option if you have created Course Groups in the Group Manager or would like only students in a specific Course(s) to take the assessment.
Schedule students by Student Group - Choose this option if you have created student groups in the Group Manager and want only those students to take the assessment.
- Save/Next: Click Save if you are done with your selections and wish to exit the system to return later, or click Next, to go to proceed to the next setup step for your Performance Based assessment. Your work will be automatically saved.