Teaching the Performance Assessment Task

Oct. 10-11

(Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 8th)Register now at http://lelandandgray.org/images/images-submitted-articles/PerformanceTaskGrammarFlyerFall2014.pdf

The Common Core’s most complex assessment is the “Performance Task,” requiring students to integrate multiple disciplines and perspectives. A departure from traditional assessments that narrowly address single subjects and skills, the performance task requires students to apply several concepts, analyze data, synthesize findings, and pose original solutions. Approaching the highest levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, unpacking this expectation in the classroom is essential for the success of students and schools. In the workshop, participants will learn to:

1. Deconstruct and analyze performance tasks
2. Learn pertinent instructional strategies that address underlying, necessary content and skills
3. Review and revise their course expectations based on the Common Core
4. Create pre-assessment and post-assessment performance tasks based on their own school goals or course curricula



Sarah Birgé has worked in public and private school systems around the world. Her special interest in rural education led to her work as the Literacy Coach at Leland and Gray. Sarah has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago as well as a MA in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute. She is originally from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.