PBAs= Personalized Learning at its best.
Personalization by definition means the educator is varying his or her instructional approaches to accommodate the needs and interests of students. If you are using performance-based assessments in your classroom, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. There! Give yourself an extra gold star if you are ensuring the varied needs of your students are met by scaffolding the assessment tasks. If not, give that a try next time. Most recently a student gave me a fist bump after we met to discuss the parameters of his science task. He appreciated the personalized task that was his alone.
Rubrics make for thoughtful, meaningful (dare I say easier?) grading
The rubric is not an added sheet of paper but a communication tool to families and stakeholders, feedback to the student, and a record for you. Look at each field of a rubric, whether using or building one yourself, as a qualitative measure that is valuable, not a quantitative measure to check off. After rubric fields are established, use this tool to grade after conferencing with a student. Because of the work you do on the front end, the rubric will nearly check itself, but anecdotal notes can also flow on this valuable tool. Since PBAs have replaced multiple choice tests in many settings, let students know what is expected by sharing the rubric with them prior to the task. Their understanding of the expectations is important and appreciated.