Virginia is moving toward greater use of performance assessments (see Board of Education’s Local Alternative Assessment Guidelines) and VCEE is here to help!

We have developed some performance assessments that we think will measure student SOL knowledge of economics—in a way that is interdisciplinary, authentic, and accessible. These versions are still being classroom tested, which we believe is a central part of their development. Please contact Sarah Finley at shfinley@vcu.edu if you are willing to provide feedback on the implementation and grading or let us observe the use of these assessment activities in your classroom.

Grade 3 Performance Assessment
Ancient World Culture Artifact Museum   
In small teams, students synthesize and apply their recently acquired knowledge of economics and ancient history to create a replica artifact and accompanying museum label which are displayed in a static museum or shared in a museum event with visitors.  They make an oral presentation to share information about their artifact.

Mini-Economy Business Portfolio: What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? The Mini-Economy Business Portfolio uses this compelling question to engage the learning needs of 21st-century students.  Each activity uses students’ knowledge of standards to build toward a coherent project goal: the creation of a flourishing classroom business. Includes a Project-Based Learning plan, pacing guide, and several stand-alone performance assessments.

United States History to 1865 Performance Assessment
Where to Go: New England, the Mid-Atlantic or the South?
 Students role-play a character who is seeking to immigrate to the New World during Colonial times. They must make a choice about where to settle and then write a persuasive letter to others about why it was a good choice.
       Copy of lesson to build knowledge prior to undertaking the performance assessment.

Check back for revisions or additional examples.

Teachers and school divisions are also encouraged to contact VCEE or an affiliated Center for Economic Education if they would like assistance with the application of economic content and skills as they develop or review performance assessments.