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Topic: Evaluation
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David Nelson Leom

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Evaluation
Posted: Apr 27, 1995 5:18 PM
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All:
I am in a Math Methods class and I am hoping to receive some
responses to this question of mine. This hasn't actually been expressed
in the Methods Class, but I think it should be addressed.
How should one begin to evaluate students in the
classroom in which the Standards are being implemented? Assessment does
not equal grading, so how can one design an assessment strategy that will
express to the teacher what the students have learned? Say for instance,
in a math classroom, the teacher wants to find out(evaluate) some
objective of the day's lesson by having the students write an essay.
Should the students be graded mostly on content with respect to
mathematics or should the emphasis be placed on the writing style?
Another concern of mine also has somewhat to do with assessment.
Should a teacher, at the beginning of the year, say to the students,
"Class, if you do most of the work with acceptable content, you will
receive a 'C'. If you go beyond the class and complete more than
acceptable work, you will receive a 'B'. If you do extraordinary work
beyond the class, you will receive an 'A'. [Here is the part I am asking
about.] I have hardly ever given an 'A' in this class, so I will expect
most of you to receive a low 'B' or a 'C'." Does this sound as though
the teacher is expecting the students not to try hard? The Standards do
say that every student should succeed? Right?
Thank you for your answers. Please resond to the Forum since I
know many that would appreciate a thoughtful response.

David Leom
Concordia College
Moorhead, MN






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