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1. To estimate the value of a property, especially for property tax purposes. For example, a county may send an assessor to one's house to assess its value and base the property tax one owes on that assessment.

2. To decide the cost of something. For example, an insurance company may assess the damage of a house fire at $120,000 and agree to pay that much toward repairs. Alternatively, the government may assess that one owes $50,000 in income tax based upon one's income the previous year.

Tax Assessment

The determination of how much a person or company owes in taxes. One usually determines one's own tax assessment by declaring one's income and capital gains from the previous year and applying the methodology the government requires to arrive at the tax liability. The government has the right to audit any tax assessment.


(1) The official valuation of property for tax purposes. (2) A one-time charge made against property owners for each one's pro rata share of the expense of repairs or improvements to be enjoyed by all of them in common,such as a condo association assessment to replace a roof,or a local government assessment to pave a dirt road. (3) Determination of the value of property in a condemnation case.

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To meet the increasing demands for performance-based assessment in teacher education, collaboration among all stakeholders involved in the process of preparing new teachers is essential.
Teacher evaluation policies and practices range from certification examinations to performance-based assessments, the latter both for the certification of new teachers and the appraisal of experienced classroom teachers as indicators of effective teaching practice.
At the University of Arizona, Maker, Nielson, and Rogers (1994) developed a performance-based assessment, designed to identify giftedness among culturally diverse groups, called the DISCOVER assessment.
Performance-based assessment (PBA) is the deliberate evaluation of classroom experiences that require students to engage in authentic professional work.
prior (often limited) experience with performance-based assessment,
As Director of Equity Initiatives for the New Standards Project, he led the design of a performance-based assessment system to advance curricular and instructional reforms.
A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, National Board Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.
presents informal, teacher-friendly, curriculum and performance-based assessment strategies for measuring achievement, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and monitoring the progress of students with diverse learning needs, along with matching instructional suggestions.
Performance-based assessment In a constructivist environment, students are prepared and educated to demonstrate their knowledge and learning not through rote recitation of content but by performance-based practices (Dunlap & Grabinger, 1996).
The evaluation is a performance-based assessment, specifically in the areas of technical performance, contract management and cost control, and is generally provided every six months.
This is a full and detailed book in which continuous performance-based assessment is introduced, further explained and then depicted in implementation steps and goals.
In addition, accreditation of professional preparation programs has also undergone revision in the past few years and one such accrediting body, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), has encouraged the alignment of performance-based assessment measures to include the outcomes for public school students taught by an institution's graduates (NCATE, 2001).

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