The most effective summative assessments are those that allow students to apply what they have learned in authentic situations. They require students to generate, rather than choose, a response. (Wiggins, 1993) They are based on the premise that  “We all have different strengths and weaknesses in how we learn. Similarly we are different in how we can best demonstrate what we have learned” (Mueller, 2001).  Authentic assessments attempt to meet the needs of this diverse range of learners.

In this module, you will understand the relationship between summative assessments, grading, and reporting. 


1)  Read through the entire website written by Dr. Jon Mueller, Professor of Psychology at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. It is the most comprehensive guide to Authentic Assessment I’ve seen to date: (Links to an external site.).

2)  Design an original, authentic assessment from any approved content strand in your area of study. Use the GRASPS outline to plan your summative assessment. I HAVE ATTACHED GRASPS


3)  Design an appropriate scoring rubric to accompany the performance task.
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