- It is predicted that increasing the authenticity of an evaluation would have a good impact on student learning and motivation. Authenticity, on the other hand, is just a hazily defined dimension of evaluation since it is assumed to be a well-understood notion that does not require formal definition. But in order to apply something effective, it needs to be specifically defined.
- In the context of assessment, authenticity is defined as the resemblance between the cognitive demands—the thinking required—of the assessment and the cognitive demands in the criteria circumstance on which the assessment is based.
- The importance of using authentic competency-based assessments is 1) their construct validity. The construct validity of an assessment refers to whether it measures what it claims to measure. It means that tasks must accurately reflect the competency that needs to be assessed, that the content of an assessment includes authentic tasks that represent real-life problems in the knowledge domain assessed, and that the assessment task also requires the thinking processes that experts use to solve the problem in real life. And 2) their consequential validity. Consequential validity is the intentional and unforeseen impacts of assessment on instruction or teaching and student learning.
Reading: Gulikers, J.T.M. Bastiaens, T.J., & Kirschner, P.A. (2004). A Five-Dimensional Framework for Authentic Assessment. Educational technology research and development, 52 (3), 67.