Performance Assessment v. Performance Task
A short distinction: a performance task is an activity in which learners perform a skill, while a performance assessment is the act of observing and judging that performance relative to a standard.
"A performance task is any activity that can be used as a context to observe a skill or a product … The key requirement is that the task elicits the desired skill or product, so that the skill or
product is capable of being judged" --Stiggins (2004).
“Performance assessment is a method of evaluating
students’ knowledge, concepts, or skills [related to a standard] by requiring them to perform a task designed to emulate real-life contexts or conditions in which students must apply the specific knowledge, concepts, or skills” -‐ American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, & National Council on
Measurement in Education (1999).