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What Secondary Science Educators Need to Know About Performance Tasks

With new standards come new ways of assessing students’ understanding of disciplinary core ideas.  The 3-dimensional shifts in instruction require shifts in assessment.  One new shift is the use of a performance task to assess students’ sense-making.  During this session, participants will get an overview of what a performance task is, the key components that make up a performance task, and will utilize a task screener tool to evaluate a performance task.

Participants will review performance task components and will utilize a task screener tool to evaluate a performance task.

Key Takeaways:

Participants will learn: 1. what a performance task is; 2. key components of a performance task; and 3. how to evaluate a performance task.

 Online Course Overview

Online courses are available on-demand (asynchronously) and can be completed at any time. This course will be available for the entire 2022 calendar year. After registration, if you do not see the course in your “Registered” course list in EMS, please check in your “Attended” list in (even if you have not yet taken the course).

Course Components

This online course consists of the following components:

  • Instructions
  • Link(s) to publications/resources
  • Recorded presentation video
  • Course assessment
  • Certificate of completion


After successfully passing the online course assessment with a score of 80% or above, a completion confirmation email will be sent from ADE within approximately 24 hours. At that point, you will be required to complete a short EMS survey for a certificate of completion to be available. Surveys and certificates are available in the “Completed” course list section when logging into the Event Management System (EMS)

 It is highly recommended that you download certificates in EMS and save the files for your records.

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  • Contact Name: Rebecca Garelli
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