Developing High-Quality Performance Tasks

Grades K-12
October 03, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Eric Carbaugh and Kristi Doubet
  • Registration Fee:
    $139 ( $189 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Event Details

Many teachers are sold on the idea of performance tasks, but become “lost in the weeds” when it comes to administering and scoring them. Performance tasks offer teachers the opportunity to gather information about student understanding, knowledge, and skills in a more authentic and engaging manner than afforded by traditional tests. Unfortunately, performance tasks can also become unwieldy, leaving teachers to wonder if they have indeed captured their intended learning outcomes and leaving students confused about teacher expectations. This session explores how to effectively craft performance tasks that facilitate authenticity, transfer of learning, goal-alignment, student engagement, and efficient implementation. By the end of the session, participants will be able to: unpack standards to craft high-quality learning goals, develop performance tasks that measure deep understanding and transfer of learning, create student-friendly instructions that reflect learning goals and communicate clear expectations for student performance, and develop criteria for rubrics that clearly communicate expectations to all stakeholders. Participants will emerge from their work during the course of the day with a performance task, as well as student-friendly directions that will facilitate teaching for transfer.

The online follow-up for this course will involve the instructors facilitating the process of a structured peer review of their Performance Tasks. In addition, common participant questions will be addressed to provide support for future task development. 


Grades K-12

Classroom Teachers, Instructional Leaders, and School Administrators


Eric Carbaugh (James Madison University)

Eric Carbaugh is an Associate Professor of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education at James Madison University, specializing in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition to his work at JMU, Eric is a faculty member with ASCD and regularly conducts workshops around the country on best practices in education, including differentiated instruction, assessment design, and curriculum development. 


Kristi Doubet (James Madison University)

Kristina Doubet is an Associate Professor in the department of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education at James Madison University.  She works with schools and districts both nationally and abroad to help them facilitate deeper learning by implementing differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and the Understanding by Design framework.  A former middle and high school teacher, she continues to actively partner with teachers in their classrooms as a coach and guest teacher.

Event Schedule

Conference Runs from 9:00 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast Begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All registered participants will receive an email with event details in the week before the conference is held.

Special Notes

Follow-up session(s) will be provided through an online platform

Registration Details

The conference fee is $139 for each participant who is member of a school division which is a member of VSUP/VaSCL. 

The registration fee for participants from Non-Member school divisions is $189 .

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, as well as parking and internet access.

The registration deadline is September 22, 2017.

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Pre-Payment is not required for participation.

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Registration Fee

$139   ( $189 for non-members)

Hotel Information

1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 977-7700

VSUP/VaSCL room rate.
VSUP / VaSCL Special Rate: $109
Call 434-977-7700 and ask for the VSUP / VaSCL room rate and provide the following VaSCL / VSUP Rate Code: IX9K5.

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October 03, 2017
Developing High-Quality Performance Tasks
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville