Great Balanced Assessment Tasks
Here are some really rich assessment tasks developed for elementary through secondary students. They were developed by a core group of universities funded by an NSF grant in 1993, with Harvard as the lead project team. They have been translated and used world wide. The project stated that these tasks were to:
- Help students become proficient in demonstrating their mathematical knowledge through developing their critical thinking and mathematical actions. These actions include the ability to conceptualize or model a problem, to do the necessary mathematical calculations or transformations, to recognize and generalize results, and to communicate their solutions and understanding of the concepts.
- Provide teachers with a strong working model of what good assessment looks like, and how it can be used effectively.
Try them in your classroom. Here are the primary tasks and here are the elementary tasks. I suggest that schools choose specific tasks for grade levels and try them out to assess the thinking of the students on that grade. Be sure to let me know how it goes.