Tasks and Rubrics for Balanced Mathematics Assessment in Primary and Elementary Grades
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Tasks and Rubrics for Balanced Mathematics Assessment in Primary and Elementary Grades



© 2008 | 216 pages | Corwin

"The authors show a remarkable talent for embedding important and substantive mathematics in charming, yet authentic tasks."
—Mark J. Driscoll, Codirector
Center for Leadership and Learning Communities, Education Development Center 

"These tasks require students to problem solve and use critical thinking skills as they develop possible solution strategies. They add a level of fun, interest, and challenge to the mathematics curriculum."
—Melanie Nichols, Dean of Academic Affairs
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Hot Springs, AR 

Engaging, easy-to-use assessments that inform instruction and learning!

If you'd like to improve mathematics instruction and boost student achievement, this book is for you! Tasks and Rubrics for Balanced Mathematics Assessment in Primary and Elementary Grades helps teachers collect accurate formative data about students' strengths and weaknesses and increase mathematical understandings for all learners.

Developed by the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this comprehensive collection features research-based mathematical tasks that appeal to students and connect to their daily lives while generating invaluable information for educators. Using assessments linked to NCTM standards and carefully crafted rubrics that cover all elementary grade levels and mathematics topics, teachers can:

  • Analyze the learning components of each task and show individual levels of success
  • Adjust instructional strategies for an entire class or target individual learning needs
  • Maintain a focus on accessibility and equity for all students
  • Develop and refine students' mathematical thinking skills and prepare students for high-stakes tests

This resource provides powerful tools for delivering meaningful instruction, building students' confidence, and significantly increasing their skills and performance in mathematics!

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction to Balanced Assessment
 
2. Number and Quantity
Primary  
Add-Rings  
Birthday Cupcakes  
TV Shows  
A Very Long Hallway  
Dot to Dot  
Measuring the Marigolds  
Table Talk  
Leopard’s Leap  
Add ‘Em Up  
Elementary  
Multiplication Rings  
Fermi Four  
Broken Calculators  
Trouble With Tables  
Broken Measures  
Counting Off  
Network News  
Piece of String  
 
3. Shape and Space
Primary  
Grassy Parks  
Stickers  
Shirts in the Mirror  
Elementary  
Does It Fit?  
Mirror, Mirror  
Gardens of Delight  
 
4. Pattern and Function
Primary  
Wall Design  
Calendar Moves  
Elementary  
Make a Map  
Coding the Alphabet  
 
5. Chance and Data
Primary  
Beach Day  
We Scream for Ice Cream  
Elementary  
Mixed Up Socks  
Measure Me  
 
6. Arrangement
Primary  
Postal Puzzles  
Shares  
Elementary  
Valentine Hearts  
Millie & Mel’s  
 
References
 
Index

"The authors show a remarkable talent for embedding important and substantive mathematics in charming yet authentic tasks. A rare talent."

Mark J. Driscoll, Codirector
Center for Leadership and Learning Communities, Education Development Center

"The Balanced Assessment materials are a great teacher resource. They require students to problem solve and use critical thinking skills as they develop possible solution strategies. The materials add a level of fun, interest, and challenge to the mathematics curriculum."

Melanie Nichols, Dean of Academic Affairs
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Hot Springs, AR

"While designed primarily for elementary school teachers, the book might also be of interest to those of us involved in teacher education and who like to keep tabs on what's going on in Grades K–6."

MAA Reviews, April 2008
Mathematical Association of America
Key features
  • Can be used with any existing curriculum
  • Helps teachers and schools collect better formative data about student learning
  • Offers model materials for improving classroom mathematics assessment
  • Easily scalable to school or districts for improved assessment
  • Facilitates team, school, and district data collection and analysis for math
  • Offers outstanding tools for embedded professional development
  • Teacher-friendly descriptions of solutions and rubrics provide model for classroom discussion
  • Connected to math standards

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction to Balanced Assessment


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