DAP Tool...
The “Developing and Assessing Products Tool”--or DAP Tool--provides a framework for designing and assessing products at various levels. For example, two students with different abilities might be working in the same content area (poetry) and creating the same product (a poster), yet--due to their varying levels of ability--their work might be evaluated using different criteria. The DAP Tool can also be used in conjunction with the Bloom Chart or the Think-Tac-Toe.
The DAP Tool has four basic components: content, presentation, creativity, and reflection. The students’ work is scored based on an evaluation of each of these criteria. While most educators in Kentucky are familiar with a four-tiered evaluation model (Novice, Apprentice, Proficient, and Distinguished), the DAP Tool offers an additional performance level:
6 - Professional Level
5 - Advanced Level
4 - Proficient Level
3 - Progressing Level
2 - Novice Level
1 - Non-Performing Level
0 - Non-Participating Level
The acknowledgment of a Professional Level of performance offers an extra measure of challenge for all students. The fact is, professionals do produce posters, videos, websites, pamphlets, short stories, paintings, and speeches. And recognizing the quality of professional work provides students with a standard to which their own work can be compared.
The rubric below reflect identical products at three different performance levels. Each rubric is available as a downloadable pdf.
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(All DAP Tool files copyright 2007 by Julia Roberts and Tracy Inman.)