Date of this Version
National Human Services, Training Evaluation Symposium, May 2012
A performance assessment is a subjective assessment of a process or a product, in either a simulated or real setting. Performance assessments are typically used as alternatives to either objective measures or to selected response measures (e .g., multiple-choice items). When there are no objective criteria for success, existing measures are inadequate, or a selected response measure isn't appropriate, performance assessments may be desirable. This booklet describes the process for developing performance assessments, with special attention to the development of behavior-based rating scales.