Assessing Learner Performance

Purpose:  To determine if student’s are comprehending and what level they are comprehending on.

Learning Outcome:  Students will demonstrate comprehension by answering a series of true/false questions about “John Henry, The Legend of the Steel Driving Man” read aloud by the teacher.  Then they will work together in groups of 5 and come up with a short 2 minute skit to rewrite the ending of the story and performs it for the class. 

Answer each question.  Check T for true or F for false.  For each false answer rewrite the statement correcting the false information and making it true in the space provided. 

 Question 1.  While John Henry’s mother was giving birth there was a great tornado. ____T ____F


Question 2.  John Henry loved to hammer.  ____T ____F


Question 3.  John Henry built trains.  ____T ____F


Question 5.  When John Henry left home his mother gave him a handkerchief.  ____T ____F


Question 6.  John Henry was the best on his crew at driving steel.  ____T ____F


Question 7.  John Henry was strong but moved slow in the heat.  ____T ____F


Question 8.  John Henry competed against a machine steam drill.  ____T ____F


Question 9.  John Henry used four hammers when he worked.  ____T ____F


Question 10.  John Henry died after loosing the contest.  ____T ____F 



Skit Checklist                 

Ties new ending to the story line .  ____Y ____N

Utilizes facts from the story.  ____Y ____N

Uses creativity.  ____Y ____N

Works together as a group.  ____Y ____N


Johnson, N., Purney, D.  (Ed.).  2002.  Read and Learn with Classic Stories.  (Grade 3).  Columbus, OH.  McGraw-Hill.

Kubiszyn, Tom (102009). Educational Testing and Measurement: Classroom Application and Practice [9] (VitalSource Bookshelf), Retrieved from


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Test and Essay Items

Developing the proper test and essay questions are vital to proper assessment and and obtaining measureable learning outcomes.  My thought process behind my test and essay questions is that I prefer performance based assessment because it seems to be a more hands on approach and a more in depth evaluation can be obtained through observing.  I don’t look for a right or wrong answer from the essay questionm but how much information the student knows and whether or not they have an understanding of the information they are writing,  I am able to observe and assess whether or not the student has learned and recognizes all the different facets of information taught concerning clocks and telling time.



Kubiszyn, Tom (10/2009). Educational Testing and Measurement: Classroom Application and Practice [9] (VitalSource Bookshelf), Retrieved from


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Learning Outcomes


Grade level:  First Grade

1.  Recognize the difference between an analog and a digital clock

     Test item:  Is the clock digital or analog?  For each clock shown circle the word digital or analog.

2.  Recognize the difference between the long hand and short hand on an analog clock and what each hand represents

     Test Item:  Draw the hands to show 8′ oclock.

                           Draw the hands to show 3:30.

3.  Recognize what time is displayed by the hour on both digital and analog clocks

      Test Item:  Determine what time it is, and write your answer under each clock.

Essay Item:  Submit a journal entry about your experience with clocks.  What type of clock do you like best, and why?  What type of clocks do you have at home?  Are they digital or analog?  Do you have an alarm clock?  How does it sound and what time does it wake you up? 



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