The challenge of building assessment into the curriculum has led the author to closely examine the expected outcomes of her teaching. Her experiences with students participating in projects that involved helping needy people in the community demonstrate the difficulty and advantages of implementing authentic assessment. The middle school students she teaches have collected items for the needy, conducted a cross-cultural study of the community, and planned visits to a retirement home. All of these projects have taught students the importance of teamwork, along with problem-solving skills and consensus decision making skills. Students are also responsible for assisting in the development of evaluation criteria and assessments. Some assessment approaches that have been used are: (1) performance rating scales; (2) video assessment; (3) demonstrations; (4) audio tapes; and (5) written reflections on the activity. Benefits to the students and benefits to the teacher are recognized. (SLD)
Crytzer, Betty, "Assessing Growth through Community Service" (1993). Service Learning, General. 281.