Performance-Based Assessment

Real-World Student Assessment

Performance-based assessment (PBA), like all MS-CPAS2 assessments, is designed to measure students' mastery of competencies in the course curricula. In performance-based assessment, students encounter work-based scenarios similar to challenges they may face in the "real world," providing instructors and outside evaluators a unique opportunity to see how students would perform in their actual fields.

2016-2017 Participating Programs

  • Architecture & Drafting
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Energy Technology
  • Polymer Science
  • Simulation & Animation Design
  • Teacher Academy
  • Transportation Logistics
  • Welding

For more information about participating programs, visit our Curriculum Download page.  Download Curricula / Blueprints

Performance-Based Assessment Resources

PBA Manual
2016-2017 PBA Manual
Use this manual as a guide to plan the 2016-2017 administration of PBA at your center.
Evaluator Course
2016-2017 PBA Evaluator Course
Use this document to train PBA evaluators.
PBA Testing Dates
2016-2017 CTE Testing Dates
This handout lists the CTE testing dates for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Performance-Based Assessment in Print

RCU Special Report
Demonstrating CTE Knowledge and Skills in Career and Technical Education
Performance-Based Assessment: Students Weigh In
CTE completers give thumbs-up to PBA
Showcasing Student Skills
Performance-based assessment expands to include eight program areas in spring 2014

Contact Us

Sean Owen, PhD
Assessment Manager