Authentic Assessment

Some definitions:

Authentic assessment is an umbrella concept that refers to the measurement of "intellectual accomplishments that are worthwhile, significant, and meaningful," as compared to multiple choice standardized tests. Authentic assessment can be devised by the teacher, or in collaboration with the student by engaging student voice. When applying authentic assessment to student learning and achievement, a teacher applies criteria related to “construction of knowledge, disciplined inquiry, and the value of achievement beyond the school.” (Wikipedia, 22-09-08)

"A form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills" -- Jon Mueller -- (http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/whatisit.htm)

"...Engaging and worthy problems or questions of importance, in which students must use knowledge to fashion performances effectively and creatively. The tasks are either replicas of or analogous to the kinds of problems faced by adult citizens and consumers or professionals in the field." -- Grant Wiggins -- (Wiggins, 1993, p. 229).

"Performance assessments call upon the examinee to demonstrate specific skills and competencies, that is, to apply the skills and knowledge they have mastered." -- Richard J. Stiggins -- (Stiggins, 1987, p. 34).


Resources

"Performances of Understanding" where students show their understanding by doing something are examples of Authentic Assessment. http://learnweb.harvard.edu/alps/tfu/info3e.cfm
Authentic Assessment Toolbox http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/

The case for Authentic Assessment http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=2&n=2