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MTE 562: Performance Assessment

This presentation includes a performance assessment, rubric, and explores the assessment's reliability and validity.

Gabrielle Murphy

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of MTE 562: Performance Assessment

Goal and Standards Objectives Rubric Reliability Grade: 12
Goal: The students will infer meaning from a story.

State Standard:
Reading Standards for Literature

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama. (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters/archetypes are introduced and developed) My assessment is reliable in its internal consistency. Each
topic asks students to use the text to support a thematic idea or argument, use correct grammar, spelling, grade-level vocabulary, and the five paragraph essay structure. Each topic requires students to comprehend, analyze, and make inferences about the text using quotes as evidence to support the student’s thematic ideas and arguments. In this way, each question is requiring students to perform in the same manner. The consistency of performance expectations between the different topics ensures that the results will be valid no matter which topic he or she uses. Providing students with the opportunity to edit the paper in peer groups and revise the paper allows students to revisit the material and ensure that he or she has demonstrated the skills required to complete the performance assessment effectively.

Write an analytical essay discussing specific themes of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.

Your essay should include:

Correct grammar, grade appropriate vocabulary, and spelling
The use of the five paragraph essay to structure thematic ideas and arguments
The use of quotes as evidence to support your interpretations of the text

Please select from the following topics for your analytical essay assignment:

Topic 1: Analyze The Tell-Tale Heart to determine whether Poe’s opinion contributes or influences the credibility of his characters. How does Poe describe the narrator or depict his quality of character? Is he a dependable narrator, or not? How might this description reveal how Poe feels about the theme(s) in the story, such as death, murder, power, etc.?

Topic 2: What are the two central themes or central ideas of The Tell-Tale Heart? Determine, analyze, and explain each theme and how they affect one another in the short story. Consider how Poe uses scenery, and how certain events happen in the story that emphasize each theme’s development and influence on each other.

Topic 3: How does the title of the story affect the theme of the story? Does it change the credibility of the author? Explain how the title emphasizes a specific theme in the story.

After you pick a topic, split into three groups of four to discuss the topic you chose.

Brainstorm the topic and take notes on the group discussion
Use these notes and original ideas to write a rough draft of the analytical essay
Use this rough draft in your editing groups to help develop the paper and clarify the topic, and strengthen analysis or comprehension
Turn in the revised copy to the teacher as the final version of the analytical essay

With 90% accuracy, students will be able to:

Apply prior knowledge of the five paragraph essay structure to organize analytical essay effectively
Use quotes from the text as evidence to support the analysis of what the text says explicitly.

Students will be able to complete one or more of the following analytical topics defined by the topic students chose. With 90% accuracy, students will be able to:

Explain inferences made using the text as evidence, including areas left uncertain.
Determine, analyze, and explain two central themes of the text and how they affect one another and the story.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how actions are organized in the text and how the characters are introduced and developed.
The Tell-Tale Heart: Analytical Essay The performance assessment creates valid results of student knowledge because
the topic questions ask students to perform the curricular standards. Each essay is required to include minimal spelling and grammatical errors, correct use and complex vocabulary that is grade level appropriate, and to use the text as evidence to support the students thematic ideas and arguments. The results of the assessment reveal how well students can analyze a text to determine themes and arguments because the quotes must support the student’s ideas and arguments. Student performance on the assessment informs the teacher of a student’s ability to use the proper five paragraph essay structure, use grade-level vocabulary, demonstrates spelling and grammatical skills, analytical skills and comprehending common themes and making inferences about a text using quotes as evidence. Each of these performance items coincide with the standards, objectives, and the goal. The correct use of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and the five paragraph essay structure requires students to use his or her prior knowledge and enhances the student’s ability to perform the objectives effectively. The rubric rates and specifies how each student should perform the assessment items therefore creating a valid response from each student and a valid assessment of students’ ability to infer meaning from a text. Validity Resources California's common core state standards. (2010). Retrieved from
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