alternative assessmenteducation dictionary

<assessment> An assessment that requires students to generate a response to a question rather than choose from a set of responses provided to them.

Such responses could include demonstrations, exhibits, portfolios, oral presentations, essays, investigations, written or oral responses, journals, and portfolios are examples of the assessment alternatives.

Ideally, alternative assessment requires the students to actively accomplish complex and significant tasks, while demonstrating their prior knowledge, recent learning, and relevant skills to solve realistic or authentic problems.

Alternative assessments are usually only one element of an assessment system.

(10 Mar 2006)