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    7: Planning for Assessment

Put It Into Practice: Activity A

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Activity A: Informal Performance Assessments

Informal assessments usually focus on performance in the context of a narrow and limited task. In the video classroom excerpts, Ms. Granville demonstrated her approach to informally assessing interpersonal communication. She conducts such assessments throughout the year across various content themes. She also uses the ACTFL K-12 Performance Guidelines (see Resources) to establish the proficiency level she expects, and then builds these into her Rubric for Interpersonal Task (PDF, 14 K).

The following is an outline of what Ms. Granville's assessment plan might have been:

A Cajun Folktale and Zydeco: Interpersonal Communication Assessment
Assessment objective Students can exchange information about characters, events, and the outcome of a Cajun folktale.
Assessment type Teacher/student interview
Authenticity Retelling a story and sharing reactions is what one does in a classroom and in real life.
Criteria Comprehensibility, vocabulary use, and communication strategies
Feedback Provided individually to students so that they understand how their performance was rated

Select a thematic unit that you have previously taught or are planning to teach for which you could develop an assessment plan. Using the above assessment plan as a model, design a short, informal performance task for interpretive or presentational communication that you could use in a class and that allows you to assess and offer feedback on the spot. You can use the Informal Performance Assessment (PDF, 54 K) form to guide your design.

AssignmentSubmit your informal performance assessment plan as an assignment.

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