Performance Assessment

Hands Clay

Performance assessment, also known as alternative or authentic assessment, is a form of testing that requires students to perform a task rather than select an answer from a ready-made list.

Students will be assessed on authentic tasks and are asked to demonstrate their understanding by applying their knowledge to a particular situation. They may be asked to create something just like in a real world situation to indicate their knowledge and understanding. You will have to have a strong rubric so that the students have a way to measure their success.

There are a myriad of real-world tasks for students to perform and complete for performance assessment. In the module Transforming Education-Maker Movement, students are encouraged to make/create and or perform. Check out the Maker Movement module if you would like to learn more about the movement for performance assessment. 

In this section, you will be introduced to several online tools that students can use to make/create and show their understanding. There are also several rubric creators that will be helpful when grading student work. 


1. Choose PlayPosit (formerly known as Educanon) or EdPuzzle. Go to each one, look at the features and then decide which one would be the most effective for your classroom and lesson. 

a.  Playposit is an online environment used to create and share interactive video lessons. Teachers can use any video or screencast, edit and add activities to create what was a passive lesson into an interactive video lesson. You may add a video or search for one that has been uploaded to the site already. Once you create an account you can add your own students to your class. For detailed instructions to use PlayPost click here

b.  EdPuzzle is also an online environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Teachers can upload their own video or search for one from YouTube, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, National Geographic, Ted Talks, Veritasium, Numberphile, Crash course and Vimeo. Once you locate a video follow the prompts to trim the video, add voiceover, insert audio notes and/or embed questions. Watch this 1:13 minute demo video on EDpuzzle.  

2.  Before having your students do their assignment, you will want to learn how to use the tool yourself.  Choose a video (your own or another's), edit and add interactivity. (Research by Google shows that shorter is better when it comes to a finished product.  After completing the research, they found that 3.5 minutes is the ideal length.)

3. Create a rubric for your students using one of the following tools:

a. Rubistar

b. Tech4learning Rubric Maker

4. Now that you know how to use at least one of the tools, have your students search for a video on a topic that they are studying. Assign individuals or partners the task of creating a video demonstrating knowledge of the topic they are studying.

5. Have them use Playposit or EDpuzzle to trim the video, add a voiceover (a microphone will be needed), insert audio notes and quiz questions. Have them share their creations with you and each other. 

6. In your shared assessment document

  • paste the url of the video you created
  • a link to the rubric created for performance assessment
  • a brief description of your student's reactions to creating their own video. (Did they learn the topic better by performing the task of creating a video to demonstrate their understanding? Was the rubric helpful? Did they learn from each other's videos?)

Move on to Online Testing



Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity b,c;
  2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a, b, c, d;
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,b,c


  1. Setting Objectives/Providing Feedback;
  2. Generating & Testing Hypotheses;
  3. Identifying Similarities & Differences