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Ohio’s move toward embedded assessments

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
January 24th, 2014

State officials say curriculum-embedded performance assessments help improve teaching and learning outcomes

curriculum-assessmentThe state of Ohio is taking steps to ensure that students enter college and the workforce with the ability to apply critical skills to real-world problems.

Through the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (OPAPP), Ohio educators are using curriculum-embedded performance assessments to help students learn and demonstrate deeper learning competencies.

State education leaders hope that this deeper understanding of content will give students the ability to use that knowledge to think critically and solve problems, said Mariana Haynes, a senior fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, during a webinar that spotlighted Ohio’s latest efforts.

“Ohio has taken a unique approach to piloting curriculum embedded performance assessment,” Haynes said. “This includes a system of learning tasks for formative purposes, and assessment tasks.” The tasks are aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, and sustained, collaborative professional learning.

(Next page: More on OPAPP and embedded assessments)

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