Factor 1: Use summative assessments to frame meaningful performance goals. The scenerio given was that students would be given two assessments; one would be a multiple-choice test to check for student knowledge of facts on a nutrition label and the second was for students to design a menu plan for a two day trip. These assessments align directly with "important general characteristics of modern assessments." The menu design assessment will showcase students' applications of knowledge, gives the assessment a realistic focus, allows for multiple approaches, and is multidimensional in structure.

Despite the fact that the actual assignment is not given in the article, I believe the menu allows for a better assessment of the student. I imagine that any instructor giving this assignment could allow students to develop a menu using a variety of different platforms (i.e. 3-d menu with paper or even a virtual menu). The assessment could also include how much further can a student take this assignment; which really plays into the multiple levels of intelligence.Factor 3:How does the practice of diagnostic assessment exemplify modern educational assessment? Modern educational assessment uses several different approaches to assess a student's knowledge in addition to the traditional practice of summative assessmet. The practice of diagnostic assessment offers the educator the ability to understand the students' prior knowledge and misconceptions. These can then be used to adjust and differentiate instruction in addition can provide a template upon which a student's growth can be charted. The educator can build on prior knowledge and correct misconceptions as precursor to teaching the unit.