Authentic Assessment Top Trumps
These are a set of playful cards designed to support thought and discussion about authentic assessment design. They were developed to inspire colleagues to consider the different ways that students can be assessed.
Each card contains an outline of an assessment that may be considered to be authentic. You may disagree, and that’s fine, as they are meant to provoke debate. On each card, the assessment type is briefly explained, and there is a panel which lists each of Ashford-Rowe, Herrington and Brown’s eight characteristics of authentic assessment, along with a ‘sustainability impact’ rating and staff demand. The assessment type on the card is then given a star rating (out of five) for each characteristic - in a format taken from the principle of 'Top Trumps' cards.
The idea of the cards is that they provide a simple starter for discussions about how assessment may become more authentic, and what options could be drawn upon when developing assessments.
The cards are relevant to anyone who is interested in assessment design and/or curriculum development.
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