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Topic: Assessment
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 Wayne Posts: 10 Registered: 12/3/04
Re: Assessment Tools
Posted: Dec 15, 2002 6:40 PM

Teachers can send the unit checklist home at the beginning of each
Investigations unit along with the unit letter. This gives parents a
better idea of what is going to go on during the unit. Sharing it with
students beforehand also gives them clearer expectations of what
mathematics will be in the upcoming unit.

As for using the checklists, teachers can rate a student on each
checklist item such as with a 4 (exceeds the standard), a 3 (reaches
the standard), a 2 (partially reaches the standard) or a 1 (well below
the standard). We use this 4-3-2-1 rating system because it is similar
to how our district's standardized math test scores open ended
mathematics responses. This rating can be a combination of the end of
unit test items along with ongoing formal and informal assessments.
One way to come up with a type of unit average is to add up the totals
of all the ratings and then divide by the number of ratings. So, for
example, the checklist ratings of 3, 3, 1, 3, 4, 3, 2, and 2 would
yield 21/8, a 2.625 average, closer to an overall 3 than a 2. Teachers
could also assign weights to certain checklist items if some were
deemed more important than others.

Finally, teachers in some districts have been writing scoring rubrics
for the end of unit assessments along with samples of student work and
even rubrics written for students. In this way teachers across a
district can grade with more objectivity while students know what is
needed to reach or exceed the standard generally (e.g., this is what a
3 or a 4 response should contain) as well as specifically for a
particular item (e.g., this item requires two different solution
strategies that use words, numbers or pictures).

Date Subject Author
11/23/98 wendy
11/23/98 Harriet
2/3/99 Claire Groden
3/21/00 Clay Beauchamp
4/25/12 Arthurid
5/14/12 syeds
2/24/99 Annie B. Thomas
2/26/99 Jean Williams
4/14/99 Kim Malacara
9/28/99 Melissa Rescoe
2/25/04 Karen Carter
9/19/04 Brenda Albert
9/12/00 Kathy Horal
7/18/02 Kim Seiler
6/29/04 kellie beggs
4/30/99 Ricky carter
3/24/99 Gretchen Barberena
10/14/99 Rachelle Tome
12/7/99 Ann Hackett
1/30/00 marty
3/11/00 mary Harmeson
5/25/00 Kim Kirchner-Horn
9/26/00 Lynne Hansen
10/17/00 anita seivert
10/26/00 Wendy Gulley
7/16/02 Kim Seiler
7/18/02 Liz
10/27/99 Katy O'Reilly
2/4/00 Sue Tomford
1/19/02 MaryAnn Heckler
5/2/00 Karen Fredricks
9/24/00 Gary Shevell
10/10/00 Wayne
10/10/00 Mona
1/11/01 Wendy Gulley
10/22/00 NICK
10/22/00 Michele McCracken
10/23/00 Wayne Watson
10/24/00 Wendy Gulley
10/27/01 Beth Gilberg
11/6/01 Wendy Gulley
1/13/02 Amy P.
3/18/02 Barbara Pezze
12/15/02 DDI
12/15/02 Wayne
1/15/03 Ronni
6/23/03 TVS
6/23/03 Judy
2/24/04 Linda Boland
10/18/11 Linda Uselmann
3/21/04 Karen Carter
3/23/04 Cynthia Garland-Dore
3/23/04 Judy Meicenheimer
3/23/04 Wayne
3/24/04 Carol Otto
3/24/04 Carol Otto
4/2/04 Carol Otto
4/2/04 Carol Otto