Mathematical Proficiency Rubrics
I have been writing about different rubrics that help us to assess proficiency levels of the mathematical practices. Here is an interesting Proficiency Matrix (Hull, Bulka & Harbin Miles 2011). The scale is initial, intermediate and advanced. The dimensions of the rubric are the math practices. I think it is so important to think about and discuss how we are assessing these practices. So for instance, with Mathematical Practice 1 (Make sense of Problems). The students that are working at an initial level can solve problems in one way. Students that are working at an intermediate level can explain their thinking and represent it in many ways. Students who are advanced can “discuss, explain and demonstrate” and represent problems in a variety of ways.
It is important for teachers to talk about what this really looks like. Teachers should be collecting and norming sample work so that everyone agrees with whatever rubric you are using at your grade level, in your school and/or in your district. Has your district started having these discussions? Have you had school wide discussions? Have you had grade level discussions?
Let me know how it is going!