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



December 2007 | 216 pages | Corwin
This new, research-based book contains student-friendly mathematical assessments linked to NCTM standards. Each assessment task is designed to appeal to students and to connect students' daily lives, all the while helping and informing teachers. Teachers will find that the carefully designed rubrics break down the learning components of each task and show varied levels of success. This collection offers districts, schools, and teachers a resource that can be used with any mathematics curriculum to inform and enrich the learning process.

The book features:

-An overview of balanced mathematics assessment and recommendations for using the tasks and rubrics

- Insight into the mathematics domain that the tasks and rubrics in each chapter are designed to assess

-Individual assessment tasks for key areas of importance, concern, or challenge

-A clear, thorough explanation of each task that covers underlying student thinking and how to use the rubrics

The tasks and rubrics in Tasks and Rubrics for Balanced Mathematics Assessment, Grades K-6 can help all teachers improve the mathematical understandings of students and gain a clearer vision of their students' strengths and weaknesses. Informed assessment provides the data and insight to improve instruction and support higher student achievement.

 
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

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Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction to Balanced Assessment


Judah L. Schwartz

Judah L. Schwartz is currently Visiting Professor of Education and Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Tufts University where he directs a large NSF-supported project on science education for middle-school and elementary school teachers. He is also Emeritus Professor of Engineering Science and Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Emeritus Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was trained in theoretical physics and mathematics and did research for some years in the area of atomic physics. In the course of that research, he and his colleagues developed a variety of computer... More About Author

Joan M. Kenney

Joan M. Kenney’s professional career has encompassed a wide variety of experiences in the field of mathematics. She has worked as a research scientist, specializing in operations analysis and risk management; taught mathematics at the secondary and college level; and performed task modeling and pedagogical intervention in elementary and middle school classrooms. Joan served as the national evaluator for the NSF-sponsored Assessment Community of Teachers and Connecting with Mathematics projects, the Instructional Leadership Academy sponsored by the Council for Basic Education, and the Digi-Block program. She has delivered keynote addresses... More About Author

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