Assessing Projects and Performance Tasks

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A teacher at Ascension of Our Lord School in Calgary discusses some of the planning that goes into designing an effective project.


  • When using projects and tasks, it is essential to focus on the outcomes the project is going to assess, rather than on peripheral factors.
  • Once the learning destination is clarified, appropriate choices for student products become apparent.
  • When opportunities for ongoing feedback are built into the project plan, students have the opportunity to do their best work.
  • Group projects require special planning to ensure that group work does not equal group marks.
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  • While projects are often a way to engage students, how can we be sure a project is aligned to high priority outcomes and therefore worth doing?
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