Research & Development

Performance Assessment

Performance assessment can be an integral part of a balanced assessment system. Performance assessments help educators observe how well students can use the information and ideas they have been taught. They also engage students more deeply in learning. However, educators may struggle to find high-quality performance assessments that accurately measure student learning.

The MAC works with educators in a variety of subject areas to develop and test new performance assessments and design professional learning opportunities that support their use of performance assessment.

Current Research and Development Topics

Collaborative Scoring of Performance Assessments 

Lack of teacher training in collaborative scoring, and the cost of central scoring, can be major impediments to district use of performance assessments. Yet, teacher scoring of student work is among the most powerful of professional learning experiences.  We are addressing these challenges through an innovative collaborative scoring system that can greatly reduce the cost of obtaining objective scoring information from the performance assessments teachers use.

Informed by participant feedback and lessons learned from a 2017-18 collaborative scoring pilot, we worked with MZ Development in 2018-19 to develop the Michigan Collaborative Scoring System (MI–CSS), powered by Oscar Classroom, an online platform for arts teachers to collaboratively score student responses to performance assessments. Following a field test of the software in early 2019, MI-CSS is now available for voluntary use by arts educators statewide.

In 2019-20, Collaborative Scoring Teams of arts educators are being formed to use MI-CSS, powered by OSCAR Classroom as part of the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) Project, our arts education collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education. The scoring system is also available for individual registration.

Although MI-CSS was developed for the arts, its implications transcend all curriculum areas. In the future, MI-CSS software could benefit all disciplines, including arts, sciences, social studies, mathematics, English language arts, health, and world languages.

Learn more about MI-CSS

To learn more about the MAC’s Research and Development work, contact Ed Roeber at (517) 816-4520.

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