Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Jean Hawk

Degree Award Date

Spring 2013


Classroom Assessment, authentic assessment, traditional assessment, literature review, interviews, student teaching


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research


A study was conducted to determine how to format classroom assessment in order to make it beneficial for students. The two types of assessment examined were authentic assessment and traditional assessment. Conclusions were drawn from a literature review, interviews with current educators, and the author's own experiences student teaching. There are advantages and disadvantages to both authentic and traditional assessments. Therefore, it was concluded that the best means of assessing students is with a combination of both authentic and traditional assessments. Relying too heavily upon one or the other could present a skewed picture of a student's actual knowledge and progress.