Authentic

"Authentic refers to tasks or supports in instruction or assessment with real-world application. Tasks are designed to be similar to those performed in non-school settings (such as the home, an organization, or the workplace) and require students to apply a broad range of knowledge and skills. Often, they fill a genuine need for the students and result in a tangible end product. "

Source: Adapted from: http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/misc/glossary.htm

Contextual Use: Jasmine practiced budgeting of money by doing an authentic assignment - going to a nearby grocery store and using comparison shopping for purchase of the ten items on her grocery list without exceeding her limit of $20.

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