Authentic Assessment:
Why Learners Deserve More Than The Status Quo

Instructors use tests, projects, and a variety of other activities to evaluate what students know, but which of these assessments accurately reveal their comprehension level? Educational institutions typically rely on traditional assessment methods to gauge what students understand, but this approach often fails to provide an authentic representation of their comprehension.


To demonstrate this point, we highlight the fundamental concepts of authentic assessment, explain why authentic assessment provides better insight into what students know than traditional assessment, and describe how authentic assessment more effectively aligns with educational goals, accommodates different learning styles, and develops higher-level thinking skills.


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