The course will present the issues related to the conceptualization, design, implementation, and analysis of performance assessments as employed in both small-scale (e.g., classrooms) and large-scale (e.g., statewide and national testing programs) settings. The design stage alone is wide-ranging in terms of building test specifications, training task developers, designing tasks and scoring criteria, reviewing tasks for sensitivity and bias, piloting tasks, analyzing pilot results, and finally selecting tasks. Students will engage in sophisticated readings, complete small projects designing performance assessment tasks and rubrics under a typical set of guidelines, and critique real applications of performance assessments. Following this course, you will be able to:
NOTE: This course is no longer being taught by Dr. Rodriguez. Search the umn.edu course catalog or schedule builder for future offerings with other instructors. The design of the course and course content essentially remain the same.