Traditional assessments are conventional methods of testing with multiple-choice, true or false or matching type test questions.
Examples: True or False, multiple choice tests, standardized tests
Advantages of Traditional Assessment Over Authentic Assessment
Easy to score; Faculty can evaluate students quickly and easily; They take less time and easier to prepare; easy to administer.
Disadvantages of Traditional Assessment
- Gives teachers with just a glimpse of what the students have truly learned
- Students have limited options to demonstrate what they have learned
- Tends to be teacher-structured: thus teachers direct and act as sole evaluators
- Students only answer the assessment tool that was created by the teacher.
Authentic Assessments lead to Academic Ownership
Authentic assessments refer to assessments in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of what they have learned. Authentic learning tends to build community and ownership within the classroom.
Examples: demonstrations, hands-on experiments, multi-modal presentations, roleplay
Disadvantages of Authentic Assessment
These are harder to evaluate; they can be time consuming; much less economical
Resources to Drive Authentic Assignments
Advantages of Authentic Assessment Over Traditional Assessment
- Provides teachers with the true picture of how and where their students are in their learning.
- Allows students to utilize multimedia (imagery, sound, video) to enhance their learning outcomes.
- Allows for active student ownership in the development of their learning outcomes.
21st Century Learning Requires 21st Century Tools