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Designing Assessment for Mathematics

Second Edition


May 2007 | 232 pages | Corwin

"Clearly demonstrates how to design rubrics for math, a content area that desperately needs support. The use of rubrics combined with performance tasks helps educators teach math at a higher, more engaging level. A must-have book for all educators seeking to build a strong thinking-based math program."
—Lee Ann Cervini, Principal, Holley Elementary School, NY

"Makes a distinct contribution to the field. Not only does the text clearly explain how to create rubrics and performance tasks in a step-by-step manner, each chapter also provides an example for immediate use in the classroom."
—Marcia Carlson, Sixth-Grade Teacher, Crestview Elementary School, Clive, IA

Enhance students' understanding of math concepts through rubrics and hands-on learning!

Teaching mathematics in today's world requires practices and procedures integrated with performance tasks that actively involve students. In this second edition of Designing Rubrics for Mathematics, Eileen Depka clarifies the purpose of rubrics in math instruction and illustrates the relationship between assessment, rubrics, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000).

Each chapter in this research-based updated edition offers easy-to-use strategies, suggestions, creative sample problems, and tasks to engage students in hands-on learning while allowing them to have fun in the process. With two new chapters focused on communication to deepen students' understanding of math concepts and using rubric data to improve instruction, this resource provides teachers with:

  • Reflective activities to use with students for metacognitive processing
  • Strategies for creating standards-linked rubrics, plus samples
  • Tips for differentiating performance tasks
  • How-to's for student-created rubrics
  • Internet resource links for rubric development, mathematical focal points, and standards

Designing Assessment for Mathematics, Second Edition, demonstrates how to drive instruction and successfully boost achievement levels by providing students with experiences that impact their learning and performance.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
The State of Mathematics  
About This Book  
 
Chapter 1. Using Rubrics in Mathematics
The Rubric  
Why Use Rubrics in Mathematics?  
Rubric/Mathematics Application: You're Right on Target!  
In Summary  
 
Chapter 2. The Relationship Between Mathematics Standards and Rubrics
The Importance of Standards  
Mathematics Standards and Rubrics  
Rubric/Mathematics Application: How Negative Are My Temperatures?  
In Summary  
 
Chapter 3. Performance Tasks and Rubrics
Why Use Performance Tasks?  
Characteristics of Performance Tasks  
Creating the Performance Task  
Rubric/Mathematics Application: Let's Go Shopping!  
In Summary  
 
Chapter 4. Developing the Rubric From a Checklist
The Checklist  
The Transition from Checklist to Rubric  
Summary of Steps for Developing a Rubric  
Rubric/Mathematics Application: What's My Area?  
In Summary  
 
Chapter 5. Weighted Rubrics
The Purpose of Weighted Rubrics  
Using Technology in Rubric Development  
Rubric/Mathematics Application: Discoveries in Rainbow Candy Land  
In Summary  
 
Chapter 6. Student-Created Rubrics
Using Student-Created Rubrics  
The Process  
Rubric/Mathematics Application: I'm Not Just Average!  
In Summary  
 
Chapter 7. Teacher-Made Tests and Rubrics
Using Teacher-Made Tests  
Creating a Teacher-Made Test  
Rubric/Mathematics Application: Finding LCM and GCF  
In Summary  
 
Chapter 8. Using Rubric Data
Analyzing Data  
Individual Graphs  
Group and Summary Information  
Student Comparisons  
Rubric/Mathematics Application: The Garden  
In Summary  
 
Chapter 9. Mathematics and Communication
Mathematical Vocabulary  
Communication  
Feedback  
Reflection  
Mathematics Application: Sales Tax Task  
In Summary  
 
Appendix 1: Additional Rubric/Mathematics Application Projects
Project 1 Overview: Measurement and Statistics  
Project 2 Overview: Symmetry and Area  
Project 3 Overview: Standard Measurement  
Project 4 Overview: Unit Pricing  
Project 5 Overview: Complementary and Supplementary Angles  
 
Appendix 2: Turning a 4-Point Rubric Score Into a Letter Grade
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Makes a distinct contribution to the field. Not only does the text clearly explain how to create rubrics and performance tasks in a step-by-step manner, each chapter also provides an example for immediate use in the classroom."

Marcia Carlson, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Crestview Elementary School, Clive, IA

"Clearly demonstrates how to design rubrics for math, a content area that desperately needs support. The use of rubrics combined with performance tasks helps educators teach math at a higher, more engaging level. A must-have book for all educators seeking to build a strong, thinking-based math program."

Lee Ann Cervini, Principal
Holley Elementary School, NY

"From strategies to increase cognitive processing abilities to providing students with tailored experiences to reinforce learning, this book is a solid pick for any education collection."

California Bookwatch, October 2007
Key features
  • Guidelines for creating standards-linked rubrics
  • Steps for creating performance tasks and rubric assessments
  • Samples rubrics and tasks and steps for creating your own
  • Tips for differentiating performance tasks
  • How-to's for involving students in the creation of rubrics
  • Reflective activities to use with students for metacognitive processing

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