Authentic Assessments



  1. Exit Slips

    1. An exit slip is a quick way to allow  students to show learning and understand  from any subject lesson. Students can write a take-away from the lesson or the exit slip can be specific questions from  the lesson. I enjoy how open-ended exit slips can be for teachers to use in any lesson. 


  1. Kahoot

    1. Kahoot is a game-based learning platform. Kahoot has premade games from other teachers that any teacher can use or you can make your own over the lesson taught. Students absolutely love Kahoot. During the  game, there is a question and students answer using a technology device. Kahoot will compile a  report  and send the data to you. 


  1. Self-Assessment

    1. My school district is moving to Standard Reference Grading (SRG). SRG is all about a 4 point scale. We aim for every student to be a 3 at the end of a unit. A 3 means they are on grade level and a 4 is that the student is performing  beyond grade-level. At the end of a lesson I will   ask students to  assess how they did with the content that was presented by showing a 1, 2, 3, or 4. I do this for  2 reasons. The first reason is for students to be able to show their feelings on the content and the 2nd reason is for me to note who thinks they  need reteaching and who understands. 


  1. KWL Chart

    1. I absolutely love KWL charts for any subject! Students all receive a handout with a KWL chart on the paper. Before the content is presented, students fill out the K (what I already know) and W (what I want to learn) on the topic. After the lesson, students fill out the L (what I learned). KWL charts allow for me to see the progression of the students thinking throughout the lesson. 


  1. Doodle It

    1. Doodle it and simply just allowing students to draw what they learned during the lesson. This formative assessment really appeals to 2nd graders because they are asked so much throughout the day, and this assessment allows for students to show learning and understanding through drawing. 


  1. Thumbs up or down

    1. This is a form of self-assessment. After the content has been presented, you will ask students to put their thumbs up if they understand what was taught or thumbs down  if they do not understand and need extra help. This is a private activity between the students and myself. I take a quick glance around at the thumbs and note who thinks they need reteaching.


  1. Google Forms

    1. If I want to give a quiz at the end of a lesson, students really enjoy a Google Form. Because one needs a technology device, students think they are so cool because they are doing work on a laptop or iPad. Google Forms allow my to ask questions in many different forms (multiple choice, true/false, short answer, etc.).


  1. Inside-Outside Circle

    1. I make two circles- one on the inside of the other. Students will turn and face each other. A student from the inside circle is facing a student from the outside circle. Once everyone has a partner, I pose a question. It can be a question pertaining to the content taught or allowing students to share something they learned or their favorite thing they learned. This allows for students to learn from each other after the lesson is finished. 


  1. Four Corners

    1. To plan, put a list of multiple choice questions together. Each should have four answers. Gather students in the middle of the room, reading each question and its possible answers aloud. Students then move to the corner that represents what they believe is the correct answer. For example, the top-left room corner can be option A, the bottom-left can be B and so on. Depending on how students move, you should gain an understanding of class comprehension.


  1. Think-Pair-Share

    1. As the name of this differentiated instruction strategy implies, start by asking each student to think about a specific topic or answer a given question. Next, pair students together to discuss their findings. Finally, each pair should share their thoughts with the class and accept questions from classmates.




  1. Unit Test

    1. This is a graded test at the end of any unit. There are correct and incorrect answers. 


  1. Book Reports

    1. A book report is completed at the end of reading a book. A book report can be a summary of the book or it can be a project of some sorts to  show understanding of the book. 


  1. Science Projects

    1. Individual or group science projects are fun for students to complete and teachers to assess. They can be based on the unit of scientific study from the classroom or on independent research - both of which incorporate important application and evaluation skills.


  1. Presentations

    1. Students create a presentation using technology (powerpoint) or a poster of somesorts. Students have to present their final project of the unit. This allows students to also work on their speaking and listening skills. 


  1. Research papers

    1. Students select a topic within the unit and complete student-lead research on their selected topic. This allows for students to gain a deeper understanding of the content in the unit. 


  1. Biography

    1. Students can select a famous Missourian and complete a biography over their selected person. This actually hits on research and presented in one summative assessment. There can be many components to a biography that a student must complete: timeline, paper, presentation. 


  1. Debate

    1. Partner off students into groups of two. Once they have their partner, they will be assigned a topic from the unit and a side. Students will have a debate over what side they were assigned. Students will complete a form throughout their debate to check for understanding. 


  1. Art Project

    1. Students will complete an art project (drawing, painting, clay, etc.). They must write a paper over their project and how it summarizes their learning over the unit. 


  1. Final Draft of Writing

    1. Students will publish their final draft over the writing unit (narrative, opinion, research, etc.). This allows for the teacher to check  for understanding of writing topic and writing skills. 


  1. AIMs Web

    1. AIMs Web is an assessment we give three times throughout the school  year (fall, winter and spring). I look at the data and use it to impact my teaching over standards.