Performance Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom

May 1, 1993 / By: Victoria A. Amundson

Performance assessment can be simply defined as tasks performed by the student which indicate to the teacher the scope of the students' understanding and application of his/her learning in a particular subject area. These assessments often require the student to perform a task which asks him/her to apply this knowledge in a new way. Examples of performance assessment include portfolios, exhibitions, learning logs, performances, journals, projects, presentations, tasks, teacher observations, open-ended test items, checklists, inventories, and experiments. Each of these assignments actively involves the child because assessment becomes part of the learning process.