Ch 6: Assessments for Teaching Math

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll find short lessons and quizzes that cover the use of assessments in math instruction. The chapter is available at any time, and it's useful for test preparation, skill development and supplemental learning.

Assessments for Teaching Math - Chapter Summary

Take a look at this mobile-friendly chapter to explore the purposes and importance of math assessments. As you progress through these bite-sized lessons, you'll learn about various forms of assessment, and our instructors will show you how to conceptualize, plan, develop, write and use assessments in math classes. You'll also see how to properly interpret assessment results. The chapter includes interactive quizzes to help you reinforce the topics you study. Our instructors are also available and happy to answer any questions you may have about math assessments. By the end of the chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Explain why teachers should include assessments in lesson planning
  • Recognize the components of quality assessments
  • Compare several assessment forms
  • Plan and develop classroom math assessments
  • Collaborate on assessment and curricular issues in math instruction
  • Generate ideas for formative math assessments
  • Summarize the steps that are needed to effectively prepare educational assessments
  • Write intelligible directions for an educational assessment
  • Improve math instruction based on assessment results

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Assessments for Teaching Math
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Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

1. Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

Have you ever been in the middle of an assessment and thought, 'This question is unfair!' or 'This exam covers material I have never seen before!' If so, the assessment probably did not possess the qualities that make an assessment effective. This lesson will introduce you to the qualities of good assessments: reliability, standardization, validity, and practicality.

Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

2. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.

Steps in Preparing Educational Assessments

3. Steps in Preparing Educational Assessments

Watch this video lesson to learn what you need to do in order to write an assessment that will meet your teaching goals and needs. Learn what you need to think about as you write and then administer your assessment.

Writing Clear Directions for Educational Assessments

4. Writing Clear Directions for Educational Assessments

This lesson presents a checklist for writing clear directions to accompany educational assessments. It highlights the importance of validity, the need for clearly defined expectations, and the benefits of using rubrics in the process.

Developing Mathematical Assessments for the Classroom

5. Developing Mathematical Assessments for the Classroom

Assessments are an essential part of the teaching process. In this lesson, you'll learn how to develop mathematical assessments for the classroom. You'll also explore major types of assessments that can test your students' understanding.

Collaborating on Curricular & Assessment Issues in Math

6. Collaborating on Curricular & Assessment Issues in Math

In this lesson, learn how and why math teachers should collaborate on curriculum and assessment issues. We discuss potential opportunities for collaboration at different levels including school, district/state, and within the broader educational community.

Math Formative Assessment Ideas

7. Math Formative Assessment Ideas

Because math lends itself to summative assessment, it can be difficult to conduct formative assessment. This lesson offers some math formative assessment ideas for all ages.

Using Assessment Results to Improve Math Instruction

8. Using Assessment Results to Improve Math Instruction

As a math teacher, you may be presented with multiple assessment results to analyze. In this lesson, we will explore the best way to use this information to best meet the needs of all of your students.

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