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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the Education 211: Teaching Elementary Math course
- Understanding Math Standards
- Developing Math Curriculum
- Planning Math Instruction
- Instructional Strategies for Math Teachers
- Creating Math Learning Environments
- Educational Resources for Teaching Math
- Counting & Cardinality in the Classroom
- Teaching Mathematical Operations
- Algebraic Thinking in the Classroom
- Teaching Base 10 & Fractions
- Teaching Standard & Metric Measurements
- Teaching Time & Money
- Teaching Geometry Basics
- Geometric Measurements in the Classroom
- Teaching the Coordinate Plane
- Teaching Graphical Data Identification