Balanced Assessment Part 1

Posted on June 7, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |


Balanced Assessment is one of the linchpins of great math instruction. It is an integral part of planning for guided math groups.  Balanced Assessment is premised on the McTighe and Wiggins (2004) idea that assessment should be a scrapbook rather than a snapshot.  We should have multiple pictures of what students can do by giving them ample opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways.  We should begin each unit of study by pre-assesing our students.  This can be done through a variety of pre-assessments such as surveys, questionnaires, checklists and quizzes.  Moreover, teachers should be strategically using ongoing assessments such as anecdotals, math inventories, exit slips for lessons and conferences.  Finally, teachers should use a variety of summative assessments such as project menus, short essays and chapter tests with both multiple choice and constructed response questions.   If we are really going to use assessement as a powerful way to move our instruction and advance student achievement, then we must move beyond teach, test and move on.

How are you using balanced math components in your classroom?  Please leave comments and questions:)

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