Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment

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Assessment that requires learners to generate a response to a question rather than choose from a set of responses provided to them. Exhibitions, investigations, demonstrations, written or oral responses, journals, and portfolios are examples of alternative assessments. The assessment requires learners to actively accomplish complex and significant tasks, while bringing to bear prior knowledge, recent learning, and relevant skills to solve realistic or authentic problems, using activities that emphasize their strengths. They can also evaluate their own learning and learn from the evaluation process.

There are 4 features of alternative assessment: [1]

  1. The assessment is based on authentic tasks that demonstrate learner’s ability to accomplish goals
  2. Instructors and learners focus on goals
  3. Learners help to set the criteria for successful completion of the tasks
  4. Learners have opportunity to assess themselves and their peers


  1. (5 March 2008), March 2008)