The State of Authentic Assessment


authentic assessment, education, studies


The purpose of this review article is to briefly summarize the state of authentic assessment as it evolves theoretically and then integrates itself into educational practice. Some of the questions it seeks to answer from the literature include: how did it begin; what were the circumstances surrounding its inception; how does it relate to performance and alternative assessment; what are obstacles to wider adoption; what impact is technology having in its emergence; and what should happen next? The article identifies authors and cites studies that have informed the discussion on authentic assessment. It is evident from the review that authentic assessment is an important educational concept that at the time of this writing is in a fledgling state of definition and integration.

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Keyser, S., & Howell, S. (December 12, 2008). The state of authentic assessment. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No.ED 503679).

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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David O. McKay School of Education


Instructional Psychology and Technology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor