This course promotes the understanding of theories guiding math instruction within the framework of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) principles and standards. Participants select, develop, and evaluate assessment tools aligned to Common Core State Standards in the K-8 mathematics classroom. Particular emphasis is given to implementing timely, relevant, and thoughtful assessment and analyzing student errors and misunderstandings. By using this approach, ongoing, constructive, and supportive feedback serves as a meaningful instructional tool for students.
This graduate course is 4 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.
Topics and Objectives
Mathematics Standards and Assessment Tools
- Explain how to use National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) assessment standards.
- Describe the relationship between National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
- Explain how changing expectations in mathematics instruction and assessment affects classroom practice as students are prepared for 21st century success.
- Evaluate individual and group assessment types.
- Discuss the use of rubrics in assessment.
- Select appropriate assessment tools for Common Core State Standards and mathematical practice.
Developing and Managing Mathematics Assessment Tools
- Create an assessment menu.
- Create an assessment management plan to monitor student progress and provide specific, ongoing feedback.
- Differentiate between formative and summative assessments.
- Explain why problem-solving is integral to mathematics instruction and assessment.
Implementing Mathematics Assessment Tools
- Develop a plan to implement assessments for a diverse classroom.
- Explain the characteristics of assessment tools that can be used to accommodate student diversity.
- Evaluate the implementation of student assessments.
Evaluating Mathematics Assessment Results
- Determine students’ point of view on assessments.
- Evaluate the assessment practices of your classroom and school.
- Develop a three phase lesson plan (before, during, and after) that differentiates instruction based on assessment results.
- Examine guidelines for evaluating technological tools that can be used in mathematics instruction and assessment.
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