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Should we be assessing students in writing about math - justification?

May 15, 2017 6:57am

One of our math practice standards, "construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others," has turned into a report card standard titled, "justification" - and it has to be written rather than oral. How do you feel about this? This is 1st - 5th grade. Kindergarten formatively assesses this as well. We are trying to change our rubrics to be more developmental - and have decided to look at the writing standards. Have you seen anything like this?

  • Math / Other
  • 1-5
  • Assessment


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    • Jul 9, 2017 6:37am

      You may want to explore the Exemplars program. We have been implementing their program in conjunction with our curriculum the past two years. They have high interest real-world formative and summative activities available on their site that correlate to the Common core standards. There are also anchor sets for many of the problems to help teachers understand how to score student work.The rubric is user-friendly, my students clearly understand the expectations in each area of the rubric. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
      Lisa Z.
      3rd Grade Math teacher