Many of our multiple-choice test items are based on scenarios and require higher-level thinking to reach a correct answer. Although not truly performance-based, these items do attempt to measure the student’s ability to analyze information and to reach appropriate conclusions. Since most of the skill set for success in business consists of cognitive skills, well-written objective exams can be very useful in evaluating learning and preparation for real-life work skills.
True performance-based assessments, in realistic settings, with real-life scenarios, are the gold standard for learning assessments. Unfortunately, they are challenging to design and to implement. We’re working on definitive solutions to ensure high-quality performance-based assessments that can be administered locally. In the meantime, we offer a number of tools to support local efforts to move assessment closer to real life:
- Course guides include rubrics, rating forms, or other tools appropriate for use with authentic assessment.
- LAP Modules: Many LAP modules, those focused on skills, include scenarios and rating forms that lend themselves to performance-based assessment.
- Rubrics and scenarios: These research-based tools are available free to all teachers in member states (via State’s Connection) and to all others via our online store.
- Standards-based projects: Hands-On! Projects are designed to support real-world project-based learning. They are aligned to the national Business Administration standards and include rating forms to support realistic assessment. Available free to member states in State's Connection!