posted Feb 22, 2013, 8:23 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Mar 6, 2013, 8:35 AM ]

A colleague shared a great resource with me today. It is a document entitled Performance Assessment & Portfolios in Civics & Economics. The handbook was created by New Hanover County Schools and explains how GRASPS can be an important tool for framing assessment. GRASPS is an acronym that helps to ensure that the task the teacher is assigning is authentic and real world. This GRASPS "checklist" can also be applied when you are designing a Henrico 21 lesson plan.




 The central problem in the task

 Your task it to _____________________________
 The goal is to ______________________________
 The problem or challenge is ________________
 The obstacles to overcome are ______________


 The "character" the student plays.
 You are _______________________
 You have been asked to _______
 Your job is _____________________

 The group who receives the performance.

 Your clients are ___________________
 The target audience is _____________
 You need to convince ______________

 The circumstances in which the performance  must take place.

 The context you find yourself in is ________
 The challenge involves dealing with _______
 Product, Performance, Purpose

 The outcome and the reason for doing it.

 You will create a ____ in order to _____
 You need to develop ____ so that _____
 Standards & Criteria for Success

 The measures of a good product or   performance
 Your performance must __________
 Your work will be judged by ______
 Your product must meet the following standards ____
 A successful result will ___________________

* It is important to keep in mind that you include a certain amount of Rigor when designing a performance task.