Authentic Assessment Instrument – Self-Assessment

PIDP 3230 – Evaluation of Learning
Vancouver Community College
Kathryn Truant
June 26, 2017

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Module for Certified Dental Assistants (CDA’s): Unit One – The Perioperative Period
Clinical Performance Assessment


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            Referring to the rubric for PIDP 3230 Authentic Assessment Instrument Assignment #4, the Clinical Performance Assessment for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for Certified Dental Assistants (CDA’s): Unit One – The Perioperative Period, the evidence of best practices and technical specifications includes:

  1. Cover page of instrument

– Clear header that displays the name of the instrument, space for student name and student number, space for the observer’s name, the date that the assessment takes place, the attempt number, and the instructor’s name

– Clear information on the objective of the instrument, the criteria of the instrument, under what conditions the criteria will be measured and the time allowed to complete the assessment

– Clear information on standards of judgement

– Clear information on the value of the instrument, and attempts allowed

  1. Body of Instrument

– Criteria are clear: the most important elements to be assessed are included in sequential order, and the phrases are simple while maintaining the professional language of healthcare

– Ample space to clearly document statement of judgement

– Criteria are observable

– Degree of realism in relation to criteria is adequate

  1. Summary

– Clear indication of score/interpretation of performance at the bottom of instrument with space for student’s and observer’s initials

– Ample space for observer to provide critical feedback

– Ample space for student to provide reflective feedback

 The instrument is valid:

– It reflects what was demonstrated in the clinical portion of Unit One

– It contains the items taught

 The instrument is reliable

– It is consistent with the key outcomes of Unit One

– It is consistent with professional practice

 Strengths of Authentic Assessment Instrument:

– The content of what is being measured is widely recognized in healthcare

– The instrument reflects the goals and outcomes of Unit One

 Limitations of Authentic Assessment Instrument:

– For students to understand the criteria items, they must possess strong comprehensive knowledge of what they are performing

– Students must be able to self-assess

– Students must be comfortable working in groups, specifically peer-assessing

– While the instructor is nearby during the authentic assessments, success in the clinical portion relies heavily on self and peer-assessment (reliability is questioned)

 Self-Assessment Score: 4.5/5 (Level 3)