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Ohio’s Performance Assessment Pilot Project


The state of Ohio is at the forefront of a movement to use performance assessment in classrooms. The Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (OPAPP) calls for the development and pilot of a system of learning and assessment tasks (known as a “dyad” system) for elementary and high school students, as well as complementary professional development services. The performance tasks align with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics, as well as Ohio’s Revised State Standards in Science, Social Studies, and Career Technical Pathways. They are delivered online using Web-based software that supports e-portfolios and similar tools. It also includes sustained, collaborative professional learning throughout all components of the program, including writing and scoring of assessment tasks and formative assessment to support student learning. OPAPP focuses on changing practice, which requires sustained professional development.

This video was featured in a webinar produced by the Alliance for Excellent Education on January 16, 2014 featuring Laura Manowar-Jones of the Ohio Department of Education and Stuart Kahl of Measured Progress. To see the full webinar, visit This video is courtesy of the Ohio Department of Education. For more about OPAPP, visit

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    Posted 6 years ago

    Sincere kudos to the OPAPP program, especially for conceiving the CCSS as an exploration in practice as much as in new standards. The dyad system feels comfortably familiar, but OPAPP makes it the basis of some great fresh insights, emphasizing the proper importance of keeping learning and assessment in proper balance. I enjoyed reading about this in more detail at

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