Quality Performance Assessment
Many districts and schools today are far too driven by high-stakes standardized testing, often to the detriment of our diverse student population. Performance assessments allow all students to demonstrate what they know and can do through real-world application. Our Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) is a new generation of processes and tools that leverage assessment as an essential tool of educational equity and teaching. The QPA framework guides educators in creating meaningful and complex learning experiences in the classroom, preparing graduates for college, career, and beyond. To guide your own design, take a look at our Performance Assessment blueprints.
Quality Performance Assessment takes educators through the process of creating valid and reliable performance assessments—defined as multi-step, fair tasks with clear criteria, expectations, and processes that enable students to interact with meaningful content and that measure how well a student transfers knowledge and applies complex skills and dispositions to create or refine an original product and/or solution.
Addressing achievement gaps and promoting equity in education.
The QPA assessment model is culturally responsive, allowing more than one way for students to respond to intellectual challenges, and respecting differences in backgrounds and learning styles.
Supporting educators and promoting collaboration.
The QPA process creates a collective understanding of assessment goals, of quality standards, and of desired outcomes. The process establishes a level of empowerment and trust in educators to develop assessments that are sensitive to all students’ needs.
Accurately and reliably measuring student performance.
With agreed-upon learning goals in place, teachers begin to create and implement assessments that are accompanied by clear criteria, expectations and processes. These criteria are created with the help of parents, the community, and students.
How We Can Support You
CCE team members help educators learn and customize the QPA process, design common practices, and establish shared accountability for results. We offer a range of services that can be customized to your needs (including workshops, institutes, coaching sessions, leadership training, and online learning modules) and encourage sustained relationships with our partners to ensure the greatest impact.
|Performance Assessment Design||Rubric System Design and Alignment||Calibration and Anchor Selection|
|Assessment Mapping||Capstone and Portfolio Design||Community of Practice Development|
|Vision of a Graduate||Competency Design||Policy Advisory|