Math Methodology is a three part series on instruction, assessment, and curriculum. Sections contains relevant essays and resources.
This page continues part 2 on Assessment, providing Assessment Resources.
Part 1: Math Methodology: Instruction
Part 2: The Role of Assessment
Part 3: Curriculum: Content and Mapping
Keep up-to-date on Progress toward Assessments for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
Visit the consortia that are developing assessments for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics:
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states working to develop the K-12 assessments in English and math related to the Common Core State Standards. See PARCC's sample test items and performance tasks for the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The math practice tests from PARCC. Pearson are available in computer based and print formats for each grade 3-8, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, and integrated pathway. Test Preparation also includes tutorials that demonstrate how students will navigate the test.
Raising the Bar: Becoming Assessment Ready (2014, February) is a white paper sponsored by Education Networks of American in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the eLearn Institute. You'll learn about key considerations, including why online testing, the assessment consortia, PARCC and SBAC implementation, network infrastructure and support considerations, device considerations, IT support considerations, instructional design and preparation considerations. There are readiness recommendations and a checklist, school district case study briefs, and a list of resources.
Prepare for Common Core Online Testing:
Do you have the necessary technology?
Hot News for 2014 and beyond: The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) developed a website called The Guide to Technology Requirements to support states for implementing online assessments. It will help you identify your technology needs in terms of computers and other devices, network and infrastructure, and provide assistance for determining student, educator, and school system readiness. "The website provides interactive charts, filtered by individual state and consortium, that enable the viewer to read and report on those requirements relevant to a school or district depending upon its specific assessment needs." Charts for six testing consortia are included: PARCC, Smarter Balanced, WIDA, English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, DLM Alternate Assessment System, and the National Center and State Collaborative. After selecting your state, the chart revealed will show only consortia in which your state participates. (About This Project section)
Even with a sufficient technology infrastructure, educators need additional assistance implementing digital learning. SETDA also implemented a project called The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL), which "is a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. GIDL includes six topic areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and tech support. Each topic’s section includes background information, key considerations for implementation, resources and exemplars of digital learning in action." (About This Project section).
December 4, 2012: SETDA released assessment readiness guidance in Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment, which "is targeted to policymakers and K-12 school leaders interested in addressing school technology readiness needs for college and career ready teaching, learning and assessment. As guidance regarding minimum technology specifications are released by PARCC and Smarter Balanced, education leaders must consider this information in the context of the full range of technology issues schools are addressing today," according to SETDA. A primary consideration for teachers per SETDA is the following:
"Digital testing requires digital learning. Students using technology to take high--stakes tests must have significant opportunities to develop and demonstrate master of tested knowledge, skills and abilities via substantially similar technology prior to being tested. Teachers must be prepared to support this shift in instruction" (p. 1).
SETDA also addressed The Broadband Imperative. Among its recommendations is that schools target an external internet connection of "At least 100 Mbps per 1,000 students/staff" by the 2014-15 school year and "At least 1 Gbps per 1,000 students/staff" by 2017-18 (Fox, Waters, Fletcher, & Levine, 2012, p. 2). Schools can test their broadband performance using the National School Speed Test from the Education SuperHighway.
SBAC and PARCC released guidance for the minimum hardware specifications for new K-12 technology purchases that may be needed to ensure that schools are equipped to deliver the new Common Core online assessments beginning in 2014-2015. There are some commonalities to those specifications in terms of hardware, operating system, networking, and device type. NOTE on Updates to Specs: SBAC indicated that "the minimum and recommended specifications in the Technology Framework documents have been clarified as of 8/26/14." Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments (updated January 2015) "provides minimum and recommended specifications for computer hardware, input devices, and security requirements; and suggests recommended levels of bandwidth that will support schools instructional and assessment needs" (PARCC description).
Pearson has also developed Considerations for Next-Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014, which focuses on five steps to make a successful transition to online assessments, benefits to online testing, case studies, and other considerations. It is available in webinar format and in print. Those steps include to conduct a needs analysis, develop a realistic transition strategy and plan, ensure interoperability, communicate proactively, and anticipate ongoing change.
Is your school's Internet access fast enough for digital learning?
Find out at SchoolSpeedTest.org, an initiative of the EducationSuperHighway. By following four steps noted at the website, "In less than a minute you'll know the speed of your school's Internet access and the types of digital learning it can support."
Is your school and district prepared to handle technology failures and legal liabilities?
Online testing might pose challenges to bandwidth and the network. When it fails and affects learner performance on those tests, including for learners with special needs and IEPs and for those whose performance might be tied to graduation requirements, there is the potential for legal issues. According to Justin Bathon (2013):
"Preparations might include reviewing contract language with wireless and bandwidth providers, having a device charging plan or policy to ensure access to an adequate charge for the exam, reviewing the district filtering policy for activities during test administration, strategizing for the administrative response in the event of a technical failure, and consulting with the district legal counsel in an effort to prepare all for potential eventualities" (p. 19).
Do your students have the technology skills needed for online testing?
The following resources are of value:
PARCC Technology Skills for Computer Based Assessment: Skills begin with grade 3 unless otherwise noted. The list includes general navigation skills, use of universal access features, general answering skills, use of math tools. In math, for example, students should know how to manipulate bars on bar graphs; work with coordinate graphs and interactive number lines. They should know how to manipulate shapes and use fraction models, online rulers and protractors, equation editors, and grade-level appropriate online calculators (e.g., non-scientific, scientific, graphing). Each skill includes examples and notes. Students can gain many of these skills using INFOhio's Tech Skills for Online Testing (or see the full list in Google Docs with individual URLs to specific skill resources).
The University of Kentucky in collaboration with CAST created a Technology Skills Checklist for Online Testing. As it contains checkboxes, it can be used to monitor each student's progress in demonstrating skills needed for the particular online test he/she will be taking. Categories include Basic Computer, Keyboarding, Word Processing, Text-Reader/Screen-Reader, and Interaction with Online Assessment.
PARCC Tutorials: Per PARCC, "The items appearing in these tutorials are samples used to allow students and educators to gain familiarity with the technology platform and paper-based format that will be used for PARCC assessments." Student tutorials are available for grades 3-5, 6-8, and high school.
SBAC Student Tech Skills Grades 3-4, and Student Tech Skills Grades 5-6 are noted by Santa Rosa (CA) City Schools. Each list provides links to specific online resources to help learners gain skills for using a mouse, keyboarding, highlighting, navigation, and drag/drop.
AssessmentLiteracy.org "provides resources to foster a comprehensive understanding of assessment and its role in learning. It is designed to help educators understand the different uses of assessment and how to apply assessment data to support classroom learning." The site "is part of a major assessment literacy initiative sponsored by Northwest Evaluation Association" (About section).
Assessment in Math and Science: What's the Point? is a video workshop for K-12 teachers with eight 90-minute video programs, workshop guide, and Web site. Examine current assessment issues and strategies in real K-12 math and science classrooms through videos interspersed with lively discussions of practicing teachers and content experts. Graduate credit is available. There is no fee to view the videos, which are brought to you by Learner.org.
Authentic Assessment Toolbox, by Jon Mueller of North Central College in Illinois, is a how-to hypertext on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, portfolios and standards for measuring and improving student learning. The Toolbox also contains a glossary of terms associated with authentic assessment and examples.
Balanced Assessment in Mathematics was originally developed at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The library, now available at the Concord Consortium, contains over 300 assessment tasks for grades K-12, which you can use in your classroom for free. Tasks are categorized as primary (K-2), elementary (3-5), transition (5-7), middle school (6-8), high school basic, high school, high school advanced, and technology based (7-12). You will also find reports on how to assess mathematical understanding and skills effectively, scoring assessment tasks, and a spreadsheet to assist you with the scoring system for the tasks.
Digital Learning Strategies: How do I assign and assess 21st century work? (2013) by Mike Fisher. You will also find multiple resources to accompany this book posted on LiveBinder. Categories include: Think Immersive, Use What You've Got, New and Notable, Web 2.0 Tools, Collaborative Tools, Global Connections, Tutorials, Examples, Quality Digital Media, Digital Portfolios, Rubrics, and Documents/Resources.
Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (2006) by Rick Wormeli will help middle and high school educators to make decisions on differentiation and assessment on several topics. Section 1 provides a rationale for differentiated instruction and delves into acceptable evidence of mastery. Section 2 addresses assessment in a differentiated classroom, types of assessments, tiering assessments, and creating good questions. Section 3 on grading helps educators to decide if they should incorporate effort, attendance, and behavior into academic grades; what approach they should take to grade homework or allow learners to re-do assessments, and setting up grade books and report cards for the differentiated classrooms. Section 4: Implementation and the Big Picture contains 36 tips toward implementing successful practices and answers the question, "How do differentiating teachers assess and grade differently?"
Formative and Summative Classroom Assessments from Park University includes advantages and disadvantages of both types of assessments. Classroom techniques for formative assessments, including journal writing are provided. There are guidelines for enhancing summative assessments and writing test items with expanded tips for several forms: true/false, matching, multiple choice, portfolios, alternative and authentic assessments, essays, and short answer. Grading strategies, including development and use of rubrics, add to the value of this resource.
Forms of Assessment by Dr. James Atherton (UK) contains current forms of assessment, including the description, indications (when to use), contra-indications (when not to use), and special precautions. Methods include case studies, collaborative/group projects, direct observation, essays, exams (unseen and seen/open-book), multiple-choice tests, oral questioning after observation, performance projects, portfolios, practical projects, presentations, problem sheets, self-assessment, simulations (forms of games), viva voce (oral) exams.
Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn by Myron Dueck (2014) addresses grading, homework, unit plans, retesting, and creativity. It is filled with reproducible forms, templates, and examples of grading solutions to allow students to demonstrate their learning. Ensure that grades measure what students know without punishing them for factors outside their control.
Hess' Cognitive Rigor Matrix & Curricular Examples: Applying Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Bloom’s Cognitive Process Dimensions – Math/Science will help educators who are developing curriculum and associated assessments to determine the level of rigor being applied. Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge levels include recall and recognition, skills and concepts, strategic thinking and reasoning, and extended thinking. Hess relates those four levels to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy (remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create) and provides specific math and science examples to illustrate. Dr. Karin Hess' works also appear within publications of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc.
Instructional Tools Related to Quality Test Construction from Dr. Bruce Frey at Special Connections, University of Kansas. Tools relate to Bloom's Taxonomy, writing a table of specifications, item analysis, multiple choice, matching, and testwiseness and guessing.
Multiple Choice Construction Checklist by Dr. Robert Runté (2001) contains tips for better multiple choice questions, true/false questions, matching and completion tests. Reporting test results and item analysis are also included in this set of checklists.
National Center on Student Progress Monitoring has a library of "downloadable articles, PowerPoint presentations, FAQs, and additional resources about student progress monitoring, Curriculum-Based Measurement, applying decision making to IEPs and other researched based topics," which will help educators to implement student progress monitoring at the classroom, building, local or state level.
Test Accessibility and Modification Inventory (2010) is an evaluation tool designed to facilitate a comprehensive analysis of tests and test items, including analysis of computer-based tests. It was written by Peter Beddow, Ryan Kettler, and Stephen Elliott of Vanderbilt University. Analysis considers the passage/item stimulus, the item stem, visuals, answer choices, page/item layout, fairness, depth of knowledge level. Computer-based test analysis also considers the test delivery system, test layout, test-taker training, and audio.
HOT for CCSS: The Dana Center, University of Texas, Secondary Sample Tasks consist of 30 tasks, aligned to the CCSS math standards.
How to Design Questions and Tasks to Assess Student Thinking by Susan Brookhart (2014) provides guidance on how to assess higher-order thinking and manage assessment of it, how to view assessment questions and tasks as problems to solve, writing multiple-choice question to assess higher-order thinking, and using open-ended and close-ended questions. She delves into performance assessment tasks: the basics, varying the amount of structure, controlling cognitive level and difficulty, and provides an idea bank of performance assessment tasks. Multiple examples from K-12 content areas are included.
HOT for CCSS: Illustrative Mathematics is a work in progress to produce illustrative tasks that students would be expected to do related to each of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Sections address illustrations for the K-8 and High School standards. The project is an initiative of the Institute for Mathematics & Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Introduction to Performance Tasks from Area Education Agency 267 in Iowa contains a step by step guide on how to write performance tasks/performance assessment tasks, when to use them and why they should be used. From this link, you can also access a number of general teaching strategies.
HOT for CCSS: Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A collaborative team from the University of California at Berkeley and University of Nottingham in the UK is developing assessments that will help educators to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). At MAP you will find both summative tests or tasks and formative assessment lessons. Tasks available are for high school and middle school. Tasks are grouped into novice, apprentice, and expert levels and "variously ask students to use their mathematics in routine or non-routine situations to design, plan, estimate, evaluate and recommend, review and critique, investigate, re-present information, explain, define concepts, and show their skills in routine technical exercises." Further, "MAP thus provides a source of tasks for assembly into tests that teachers can use for periodic summative assessment during the school year and, where appropriate, in substantial end-of-year examinations. They also provide a model for designers of high-stakes tests who aim to develop valid assessments of the mathematics described in CCSS." (Summative assessment section)
HOT for CCSS: Mathematics Common Core Toolbox has sample task items for elementary, middle, and high school from the PARCC Prototyping Project, posted by The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
HOT for CCSS: NCTM contains a Classroom Resources section with lesson plans, interactives and mobile apps, and problems in a searchable database. Items are also searchable by Common Core standards.
New York City Department of Education: Tasks, Units & Student Work. "NYC educators and national experts are developing Common Core-aligned tasks embedded in a unit of study to support schools in implementing the Citywide Instructional Expectations. These resources include task descriptions, teacher-annotated student work representing a range of performance levels, rubrics to assess student work and instructional supports including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles" (About the Tasks section). You can search tasks and units by keyword, grade level, subject area, and standard.
Performance Assessment--an overview by Samuel Meisels, Ed.D, posted at Scholastic.
EdTechTeacher--Rubrics for Assessment includes numerous resources for rubric use and development. These are organized into categories for assessing learning: general, student blogging, wikis, website/digital portfolios, technology and social media; video, screencasting, and digital storytelling projects; podcasts; graphic organizers; and coding and gaming.
How to Create and Use Rubrics for Formative Assessment and Grading by Susan Brookhart (2013) includes two sections. In Section 1, Brookhart lays out the basics of rubrics, explains their importance, discusses common misconceptions, and how to write or select effective rubrics. She identifies various kinds of rubrics and their essential components. In Section 2, she explains how to use rubrics for formative assessment and grading.
LCI (Learner-Centered Initiatives) Quality Rubrics Wiki delves into "what makes a rubric a "quality rubric" with definitions, examples, and non-examples" and examines "some of the issues that come along with them" (Introduction section, para. 2). Key questions also address types of rubrics, what tasks deserve a rubric, and how to go about developing a rubric.
Rubrics for Assessment is a collection of rubrics posted at the University of Wisconsin for assessing virtual learning in simulations/games, portfolios, cooperative learning, the research process, PowerPoint projects, podcasts, oral presentations, web pages, blogs, wikis, math/art/science/writing, and other Web 2.0 projects. There are also rubrics for primary grades and resources for creating your own rubrics.
Rubrics for Web Lessons from Nancy Pickett and Bernie Dodge.
The School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout has an extensive collection of authentic assessment resources, including for rubrics.
Caution before implementing: As ensuring student privacy is important, Michael Gorman (2014) provided some sound advice to educators who wish to use free online formative assessment tools:
- Read and be aware of your district AUP (Acceptable Use Policy);
- Do not sign up students for accounts, or put in an online class list, without checking district policy;
- If a tool states that students do not have to sign up… still be sure that students do not leave a digital footprint that leaves an identity;
- Educate and encourage students to practice proper digital citizenship at all times (para. 1).
Trust your judgment when using computerized grading programs.
According to Guskey and Jung (2016), computerized grading systems are appealing to educators because "they simplify record keeping and seem to objectify grading" (p. 51). In spite of such advantages, however, "teachers judgment has been shown to be more reliable" (p. 50). Teachers need to consider if algorithms in such programs really are accurate and reliable to describe what students have achieved, particularly for determining a student's mastery of a particular objective.
The choice of which algorithm to use in computing summary grades is subjective. "Computerized grading programs typically offer the choice of several statistical algorithms for determining a student's summary grade. The most common algorithms include the mean (the average score); median (the middle score); mode (the most frequently appearing score); and the trend score (a score pattern analysis)" (Guskey & Jung, 2016, p. 51).
The trend score is a difficult calculation. For an illustration, see the Weighted Trend Grade Calculation provided for parents by Lake Washington School District (WA).
Engrade is a totally free online gradebook suite, which includes the gradebook, an online calendar for homework and events, attendance book, student reports, and online messaging for parents and students.
Jumprope is a web-based platform, free for teachers. It includes standards-based gradebook in which teachers can write their own standards, use state standards, or align curriculum to the Common Core. Teachers can record attendance, track student behavior and character development. There are curriculum design tools based upon the principles of backwards planning. Jumprope also provides administrative tools for school-wide reporting.
Kickboard was a 2014 SIAA CODiE classroom management solution finalist. It's a standards-based gradebook. It stores teacher-developed tasks and rubrics, captures student artifacts, enables teachers to form and manage groups and to add weight to assignments. There are multiple grading formulas from which to choose. Attendance, behavior, and character strengths can also be collected. Teachers can request a free classroom account.
LearnBoost is a free online gradebook and classroom management system, which also has support for use with the Apple iPad. Some features include "managing and creating lesson plans, tracking attendance, maintaining schedules, integrating calendars including Google calendars, [and] seamless tagging of Common Core State Standards" (About section).
Additional Resources for Computerized Grading Programs:
Capterra.com includes over 40 top gradebook software programs.
ClassMarker is online quiz making and grading software with several formats for developing questions. Choose from two testing options: class-based or external testing. The standard account for class-based testing includes full functionality for creating and administering online quizzes and is free. External testing allows you to "embed tests within your website or link directly to them (optionally password protect your tests)" and there is also a free version. Nominal fees are connected to the professional version for each option.
EasyTestMaker.com is a free test generator for multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true and false questions. Insert instructions, create multiple sections and alternative versions, and generate the answer keys.
Evo Academics is a cloud-based assessment system from Apperson, which includes a free teacher edition. Create online quizzes, tests, and rubrics; share those with colleagues, manage results, generate student proficiency reports. An online student testing portal supports passages, images, videos, multiple-choice and true-false questions, short answers, essays, time limits, and more.
FlipQuiz has free and paid versions that allow you to create your own gameshow-style boards for test review. Boards are saved online and look like the TV gameshow Jeopardy. You can have up to five flipcards within each of six categories. You could also use such games for formative assessments and vocabulary review and display them on-screen in your class for group reviews.
ProProfs.com has a free online quiz service--Quiz-School. Create and customize your quiz. You can share it with others. You can post the quiz on any webpage, including at your classroom website, or link to it from any webpage. You can create printable versions, too, add discussion on the quiz, set criteria for passing, and provide feedback on what the correct answer should have been. Assign keywords to your quiz for easy retrieval. The site also has a section for creating flashcards for free.
Quia for the Web from IXL Learning is a low-cost annual subscription service with a range of options for creating 16 types of games and learning activities, quizzes with any of 10 types of questions, and sharing your activities with others. There are over 1900 shared activities for math alone. You can create classes and track quiz results, create class pages for communicating with students, and maintain an online schedule and calendar. You can upload images and audio clips, and copy/modify any of Quia's activities to suit your own needs. IXL Learning also has a site called IXL Math, with practice problem sets in math for grades preK-8, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, and precalculus.
Quizlet allows you to make digital flashcards for free. You can import existing questions and answers on your computer or from a web site or type them in directly. There are several modes for students to interact with content: familiarize mode, learn mode, test mode, and then games (e.g., the matching game called Scatter and video game simulation called Space Race). In test mode questions can be matching, true-false, multiple choice, short answer and any combination of those with a scoring capability. Students can keep track of their progress. You can view quizlets created by others; there are multiple quizlets available in K-12 math.
Edulastic is free for teachers. "K-12 teachers can craft homework assessments aligned with the Common Core, track mastery, and collaboratively share their proven curricula with other teachers. They can also create constructive, non-evaluative, practice spaces for students" (About section). A valued feature is the option to create Common Core aligned assessments for specific standards using questions in Edulastic's open resources. You can also create your own from over 40 different technology enhanced Common Core-aligned question types.
Formative is a free online tool for teachers and students that works with any internet connected device. Per the website, it is "optimized for any 1:1, BYOD, flipped or blended classroom." Create and upload online assessments, classwork, and homework; assign those to students; get live results and provide feedback. Students can type, draw to show their work, and submit images, so this tool goes beyond formative assessments in multiple choice format.
Infuse Learning provides a platform to "engage every student, on any device. Make informed decisions at the point of instruction with real-time, student feedback." The product enables learners to read, write, and participate in their native language. International collaboration via the internet is possible. Sign up for free. See video tutorials on how to use Infuse Learning at gettingsmart.com.
Kahoot "is a learning game created on the Kahoot! platform, which consists of multiple choice questions - as a quiz, discussion or survey - in any topic, language or ability. It’s projected at the front of the classroom, & played by the whole class together in real-time (answering on their own personal device)" (Getting Started with Kahoot user guide). Access to this classroom response system is free.
MasteryConnect has a free section for common assessment creating and sharing. "Share assessments of any curriculum type such as multiple choice, open-answer, rubrics, writing and oral assessments." You can also modify and remix assessments to suit your own class, and re-upload those to share with the community. MasteryTracker is also a free feature for monitoring and reporting mastery. Within it you'll also find standards resources and content tied to both state and Common Core standards.
HOT for CCSS: Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI) is "is an online formative assessment tool designed to make teachers’ classroom instruction more effective. The MRI questions focus on number and operations and are based on content from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics prior to sixth grade." There are three assessments in the MRI: whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Each has two levels, an interview section done face-to-face with about 10-12 questions for assessing understanding and core reasoning strategies and then a written section completed by each learner individually. (About the Assessment section). MRI can be completed in a short time: about 10 minutes for the interview and 5-10 minutes for the written section, and would be appropriate for learners in upper elementary grades through middle school, about grades 4-8. MRI is free for teachers. Sample videos are at the web site that demonstrate how learners think and reason appropriately and also with lack of understanding. The MRI author team is led by Marilyn Burns, founder of Math Solutions. The project receives financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
rCampus.com has Rubric Studio, a free comprehensive rubric design and assessment tool to build simple or complex rubrics with multiple sections and a flexible number of rows and columns. There is also a Rubric Gallery with a collection of rubrics made my members, organized by subject and type of rubric.
Socrative "is a student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets." Socrative is by MasteryConnect and is free.
The Answer Pad is a formative and summative assessment tool that can be used in a 1:1 or BYOD classroom. It comes pre-loaded with Common Core standards. Teachers can create and administer quizzes, gather responses on the web, and create online reports. Students get immediate feedback to their answers. A free version is available for teachers.
yourhomework.com allows registered teachers to post assignments online for their K-12 students. No more excuses for "I didn't know what the assignment was." The basic service is free.
Do you need help with online testing?
Online testing is a reality. New assessments are being developed by two consortia in connection with implementing Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts. The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium are developing those for the general student population. The new online assessments were implemented during the 2014–15 school year.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association is a HOT resource that will assist states and districts in making the shift to online student assessments.
All of the following include math. Some feature other content areas beyond which is described below.
American Education Corporation provides research-based core curriculum instructional software for K-12 and up. Among those are RTI and math.
Carnegie Learning, Inc. publishes research-based math solutions for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students.
Compass Learning for K-12, including RTI and math. Odyssey is the flagship product.
CTB/McGraw-Hill features assessment for preK-12 and adult learners. Acuity Common Core is a featured product for K-12
Curriculum Associates has K-12 solutions for math, RTI, test prep, and more. Of particular interest to all states that adopt the Common Core State Standards is i-Ready Standards Mastery. Per the web site, the program will help districts and schools monitor mastery of specific Common Core standards in ELA and Math for grades 2-8.
Discovery Education Assessment provides K-12 assessment solutions: Progress Zone, Interim Assessments, Response to Intervention.
Edmentum (formerly known as Plato Learning) interventions for K-adult learners.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt -- see the section, At School, for curriculum and assessment solutions.
Kaplan K12 Learning Services. Select your state for how Kaplan meets your needs. Math intervention is principally addressed for learners who are below grade-level in skills or who need extra reinforcement of grade-level skills. Ohio educators will appreciate Kaplan's Test-Taking Strategies for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), which devotes up to 12 hours in reading and math for each subject.
Mastery Education (formerly Peoples Education) includes diagnostic and practice tests geared to state and national standards and Common Core State Standards. There are online assessments in Measuring Up Live, for example.
McGraw-Hill Education publishes for pre-K through adult learning.
Measured Progress features the Common Core Assessment Program for grades 3–8 and high school among its assessment products. It includes Benchmarks, Testlets, an Item Bank, and professional development.
MetaMetrics "is focused on improving teaching and learning in grades K–12 by enabling educators, librarians and parents to use students’ scores from classroom and state tests to link assessment with instruction." Its free resource called The Quantile Framework for Mathematics "measures mathematics achievement and the difficulty of mathematical skills and concepts ... By placing the curriculum, teaching materials and students on the same developmental scale, Quantile measures help educators to describe which mathematical skills a student has learned, those that require additional instruction and new skills the student is ready to learn. Quantile measures better enable educators to target instruction, monitor student growth and forecast performance on high stakes tests. Parents also can use Quantile measures to support students’ mathematical development by connecting them with targeted mathematics activities at home" (Resources section: MetaMetrics Backgrounder). An extensive database of K-12 instructional resources and math textbooks is available to help educators and parents locate a list of specific skills and concepts that a student is ready to learn. Then "after searching for skills the student is ready to learn, teachers and parents can click on the links provided leading to resources such as worksheets, games, websites, mathematics textbook lessons, and more" (Resources section: What can teachers and parents do with the measure?).
Pearson Assessment Note: Pearson's Next Generation Assessments initiative includes white papers that will help states design and deliver new online assessments.
Renaissance Learning -- see Star Assessments, including for Math, for example.
TI21, Inc. (Training & Education in the 21st Century) offers CASE Common Core Assessments for K-12 in math and English language arts. The benchmark assessments provide practice to prepare students for PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and other state tests. Sample items are provided. SCORE21 is a formative assessment builder in which teachers can build their own quizzes, unit tests, and practice lessons using an extensive item bank of questions.
Voyager Sopris Learning has math intervention products for grades K-9 and an algebra intervention. VmathLive is web-based for grades K-8.
i>Clicker "response devices are compatible with any brand of interactive whiteboard and any software application, making it a perfect audience response system ..."
Become Knowledgeable about Assessment Terminology
Each year you will be faced with interpreting test results particularly for mandated state assessments, and explaining those results to students and parents. It is a good idea to have a working knowledge of key terms. The following resources should help in this endeavor.
Add Rigor and Relevance to your Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Endeavors
The International Center for Leadership in Education developed a Rigor/Relevance Framework to examine curriculum, instruction, and assessment. It has two dimensions of higher standards and student achievement organized in four quadrants: acquisition, application, assimilation, and adaptation. The first dimension is based on the six levels in Bloom's taxonomy. The second dimension is an Application Model with five levels based on action: knowledge in one discipline, applying in one discipline, applying across disciplines, applying to real-world predictable situations, and applying to real-world unpredictable situations. Teachers might find it very helpful in planning instruction and assessment activities.
Bathon, J. (2013, July). For districts, online testing has legal liabilities. T.H.E. Journal, 40(7), 17-20. Retrieved from http://online.qmags.com/TJL0713#pg1&mode1
Fox, C., Waters, J., Fletcher, G., & Levin, D. (2012). The broadband imperative: Recommendations to address K-12 education infrastructure needs. Washington, DC: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Retrieved from http://www.setda.org/resources/
Gorman, M. (2014, November 24). Free digital formative assessment tools... important thoughts before implementing [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/free-digital-formative-assessment-tools-important-thoughts-before-implementing/
Guskey, T. R., & Jung, L. A. (2016). Grading: Why you should trust your judgment. Educational Leadership, 73(7), 50-54.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (2012). Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Retrieved from http://www.setda.org/priorities/online-assessment/
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