EBook: Introduction to Performance Tasks

Performance tasks are essential to ensuring your students understand the concepts being taught and can apply their learning in context. Authentic performance tasks should be used in every subject area and at all grade levels.

To get a better understanding of the ways in which authentic performance tasks contribute to deeper learning, download this introductory guide by nationally recognized educator and author Jay McTighe.

In this guide, Jay McTighe will explain:
  • How performance tasks lead to deeper learning
  • Key characteristics of effective performance tasks
  • Rationale for using performance tasks


Success Stories



The collection of performance tasks developed by Defined Learning supports the UbD framework for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Through the utilization of ‘real world’ performance tasks and related resources, teachers engage their students in meaningful learning and authentic assessment – and that is the best preparation for the world outside of school.

Jay McTighe