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Elementary School Rubrics

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From: Vasha (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Jun 18, 1998 at 01:23:12
Subject: Re: Rubrics

Sounds like you have an interesting task ahead!  I can recommend some
resources for sample rubrics:

(1) "A Question of Thinking" from the California State Department of
Education (1989) pages 47-51;
(2) "Mathematics Assessment: Myths, Models, Good Questions, and Practical
Suggestions" page 24 (1991) edited by Jean Kerr Stenmark, from NCTM; and
(3) "Assessment Alternatives in Mathematics" (1989) Stenmark again, page 19.

You might find "Alternative Assessment: Evaluating Student Performance in
Elementary Mathematics" (1993) from the Ann Arbor Public Schools to be
expecially helpful. It has many assessment activities as well as performance
indicators for students who are "not understanding," "developing," and
"understanding/applying." Available from Cuisenaire.

Finally, look for "Puddle Questions" from Creative Publications. Separate
volumes for grade 1 and grade 6 are $24 each. (1-800-624-0822) Each book has
8 open-ended investigations, samples of student work, and scoring rubrics.

Devising and using a rubric can be time-consuming, but your understanding of
children's thinking will certainly be increased in the process. You will have
valuable information for parent conferences and for developing the next
challenge in each child's program. BRAVO!

 -Vasha, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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