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Traditional assessments are the conventional methods of testing which usually produce a written document, such as a quiz, exam, or paper.  Standardized tests, most state achievement tests, and high school graduation examinations are also examples of traditional assessments.

 
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  • Traditional assessments usually produce a written document, such as a paper, test, or quiz.
  • Traditional assessments usually take place at the end of a chapter, unit, or course of study.
  • Traditional assessments often use the following types of questions – true/false, multiple choice, matching, short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, and essay.
  • Students are usually tested individually.
  • Students receive a numerical score or grade which often contributes to a student’s final grade.
  • Subject areas are usually tested in isolation.
  • Also known as standardized assessment or summative assessment.
  • Classroom assessment should consist of a balance between traditional and alternative assessment.

 

General Information

Assessment
United States
(en.wikipedia.org)

Comparing Traditional and Performance-Based Assessment
Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Center for Educator Development (CED), United States.
(www.sedl.org)

Comparison of Authentic and Traditional Assessment
Spartanburg School District, Boiling Springs, South Carolina, United States.
(www.spartanburg2.k12.sc.us)

Traditional Assessment
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, United States.
(www.montana.edu)

Traditional Assessment
United States
(www.schoolworld.com)

Traditional Assessment in the Classroom
United States
(download.intel.com)

Traditional Assessment versus Alternative Assessment
ERIC, United States.
(www.eric.ed.gov)

Utilizing Creative Alternatives in Traditional Written Assessments
Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Park University, Parkville, Missouri, United States.
(www.park.edu)

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