## Assessment Resources

**CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT – DATA COLLECTION & METHODOLOGY**

How to Plan for Differentiated Instruction – includes info on behavioral management, instructional strategies, ways to identify a variety of instructional strategies, and ways to assess or evaluate student progress.

**Analyzing & Using Classroom Assessment Data to Improve Student Achievement** – Simple strategies & tools to make sense of your student achievement data. Excellent eight-part streaming video of a workshop taught by Dennis Fox through the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Assessment in Math & Science – What’s the point? A series of 8 streaming videos from Annenberg Media cover current assessment issues and strategies in K-12 Math. Through video segments of real classrooms interspersed with lively discussions of practicing teachers and content experts, teachers see how others deal with common issues and discover ways to use assessment to improve teaching and learning.

Math Performance Assessment Tasks (K-8) -Performance assessments are designed to require students effectively and thoughtfully to construct solutions to questions, problems or tasks. The tasks frequently involve manipulatives and are scored using a rubric. These performance assessments were developed by the Mathematics Assessment Project (WA State) to support classroom instruction and help improve student learning. They could be edited and adopted to meet local needs.

Alternative Instruction and Assessment Methods – different assessment methods with descriptions and procedures.

Classroom Assessment Techniques: Mathematical Thinking – This page describes five ways to assess mathematical thinking skills. The assessment tool is one of a series of Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) provided by the Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) website.

Balanced Assessments offers over 300 mathematics assessment tasks for grades K-12. Topics and activities include averages, addition, area, batting orders, bicycle rides, chance of rain, chance of survival, cheetah’s lunch, classroom groups, cost of living, dart boards, detective stories, Fermi estimates, genetic codes, gestation and longevity, graphing, gravity, intersections, logarithms, oil consumption, rectangles, rising prices, squares and circles, stock market, triangles, volume, and more. There are 24 assessments for middle school grades. (The Concord Consortium, supported by National Science Foundation)

**PRE-ASSESSMENT TOOLS **

**Algebra Readiness Indicators** – From NEIRTEC, selected online tools, arranged by Algebra readiness.

**Prentice Hall Pre-Algebra – **Prentice Hall’s math series includes a complete set of diagnostic and placement tests. Select a chapter from the table of contents, then click on Self-Test in the blue margin.

Prentice Hall Algebra 1 – Prentice Hall’s math series includes a complete set of diagnostic and placement tests. Select a chapter from the table of contents, then click on Self-Test in the blue margin.

Prentice Hall Algebra 2 – Prentice Hall’s math series includes a complete set of diagnostic and placement tests. Select a chapter from the table of contents, then click on Self-Test in the blue margin.

**McGraw Hill/Glencoe Math Online Study Tools: Chapter Readiness (Applications & Concepts, Course 1) ** – The Chapter Readiness quizzes for Grade 6 help prepare students for each chapter by reviewing skills that will be used in the chapter.

**McGraw Hill/Glencoe Math Online Study Tools: Chapter Readiness (Applications & Concepts, Course 2) ** – The Chapter Readiness quizzes for Grade 7 help prepare students for each chapter by reviewing skills that will be used in the chapter.

**McGraw Hill/Glencoe Math Online Study Tools: Chapter Readiness**** (Applications & Concepts, Course 3) ** – The Chapter Readiness quizzes for Algebra help prepare students for each chapter by reviewing skills that will be used in the chapter.

Pre-Algebra Practice Placement Tests and Tutorials on order of operations, simplifying and reducing fractions, changing fractions to decimals, perimeter and area, percents and operations with signed numbers.

**QUIZ SITES **

**QuizStar – **a free tool (4teachers.org) for teachers and students that lets teachers create and manage all classes and quizzes from one place. Students can take quizzes in school or from home. (Bilingual features).

Quia – Create review games and assessment activities for your students – or use ready-mades contributed by others. Subscription fee. 30-day free trial available. Includes templates for 16 types of games and learning activities. Classroom management tools.

**RUBRICS**

**Assessment & Rubric Information** from Discovery School

**Authentic Assessment Toolbox** – Learn how to create authentic tasks, rubrics and standards for measuring and improving student learning.

Classic Math Rubric – A Rubric for assessing mathematical understanding from Exemplars Standards-based Assessment & Instruction.

Tiered Curriculum Project from Indiana Dept of Education with differentiation by readiness, interest and learning styles. Includes a rubric.

Rubistar – free tool (4teachers.org) to help teachers create quality rubrics.

**MATH JOURNALS **

Journaling in the Math Classroom – tips and strategies.

Math Journal prompts – submitted by teachers.

Integrating Writing into the Mathematics Classroom – guidelines and ideas from Glencoe Publishers.

Writing in the Mathematics Curriculum – includes a downloadable journal form and 25 writing prompts for each of three categories: **Attitudinal** (*“How do I feel?”*), **Mathematical Content** (*“What is it about?”*) and **Process** (*“Explain how…”*)

**IDENTIFYING LEARNING STYLES**

Learning Styles Inventory – Free learning styles inventory, including graphical results.

CAPSOL styles of Learning -The fast affordable teaching aid for assessment of learning styles. Diagnosis of learning strengths and prescriptions for individual learner accommodation. Available for addressing school-based student learning strengths and adult learning strengths for corporate-based training.

LdPride.net – Take a free test. Learning styles – find out in two minutes. (Authored by an educator with learning disabilities).

**ARTICLES**

**Have You Ever Wondered If Assessment and Accountability Are the Same Thing?** (Article by the California Mathematics State Board)

Creating A Differentiated Math Classroom *(Richard Strong, Ed Thomas)* PDF File.

**Measuring What Counts – Memorization vs Understanding** – from Edutopia. This article does a great job making the case for a problem-solving approach to math. It points out the importance of understanding research and understanding what is being measured.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 May 2010 11:56)