Navigating the Bank


Navigating the Bank

PARB contains hundreds of tools, resource and K-12 performance tasks to support the design, development, and implementation of performance-based assessments. See below for guidance on exploring the bank, finding resources that meet your needs, and adapting them for your classroom.

Key Features

As you navigate the bank, the following brief webcasts were designed to introduce you to PARB’s features and functions:

PARB Overview


Exploring Tasks


Task Submission


Note that you can readily share PARB tools with others via the email or social media links included within each resource posting, or save them to the My Resources (login required) dashboard for future reference.

In addition, each resource includes information about its copyright and license.  Most resources are available under a CC-BY Creative Commons sharing license that allows for open use and adaptation with attribution.  Feel free to customize these resources to meet your classroom needs and share them with others!  However, since sharing permissions may vary by individual resource, please be aware of these specifications within the resource postings.

Lastly, we are always continuing to add high-quality resources to PARB, and encourage you to revisit the bank to keep exploring and contribute comments and ratings about resources you have implemented.  You can even submit tools and tasks (login required) that you have authored to be considered for inclusion in PARB, so you can receive feedback from content experts and be a part of this dynamic collection!

Adaptation Protocols

We have created a series of adaptation protocols, guidelines and exemplars to support educators as they shape performance tasks for use in their own contexts for teaching and learning. We encourage you to consider these tools along with your expertise and knowledge about your classroom, in order to better evaluate PARB tasks and customize them for your students.

This comprehensive guide (coming soon) includes the following resources, along with sample task adaptations that can serve as exemplars:

  • General Adaptation Protocols and Guidelines – overarching principles to help guide the adaptation of resources, along with key considerations and common pitfalls
  • Adapting Tasks to Offer Language Support – considerations when considering the language demands of performance tasks, how to build in language routines across content areas, and how to best support English Language learners
  • Adapting Tasks for Students with Special Needs – considerations when addressing a range of exceptional children with special needs, including gifted children
  • Adapting Tasks for Formative Assessment Use – considerations when adapting a summative performance task for more formative use in the classroom
  • Adapting Tasks for Early Childhood – considerations when adapting tasks for early childhood contexts.

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