This new, research-based book contains student-friendly mathematical assessments linked to NCTM standards. Each assessment task is designed to appeal to students and to connect students' daily lives, all the while helping and informing teachers. Teachers will find that the carefully designed rubrics break down the learning components of each task and show varied levels of success. This collection offers districts, schools, and teachers a resource that can be used with any mathematics curriculum to inform and enrich the learning process.
The book features:
-An overview of balanced mathematics assessment and recommendations for using the tasks and rubrics
- Insight into the mathematics domain that the tasks and rubrics in each chapter are designed to assess
-Individual assessment tasks for key areas of importance, concern, or challenge
-A clear, thorough explanation of each task that covers underlying student thinking and how to use the rubrics
The tasks and rubrics in Tasks and Rubrics for Balanced Mathematics Assessment, Grades K-6 can help all teachers improve the mathematical understandings of students and gain a clearer vision of their students' strengths and weaknesses. Informed assessment provides the data and insight to improve instruction and support higher student achievement.
Judah L. Schwartz is currently Visiting Professor of Education and Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Tufts University where he directs a large NSF-supported project on science education for middle-school and elementary school teachers. He is also Emeritus Professor of Engineering Science and Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Emeritus Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was trained in theoretical physics and mathematics and did research for some years in the area of atomic physics. In the course of that research, he and his colleagues developed a variety of computer graphics techniques that proved to be useful in the teaching of mathematics and science. His current research interests include the design of microcomputer software environments to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics and the application of cognitive science techniques to the study of mathematics and science education.
He has been a visiting Professor at universities in France, Italy and Israel, has consulted and lectured widely in this country and abroad and has published extensively in the area of educational technology. He is the author or co-author of many software environments including The Semantic Calculator, The Algebraic Proposer, M-SS-NG L-NKS: A Game of Letters & Language, What Do You Do With A Broken Calculator?, The Geometric Supposer, Calculus Unlimited, Sir Isaac Newton's Games, and The Newtonian Sandbox.
Judah has a long standing interest in alternative modes of assessment and has edited reports entitled "The Prices of Secrecy: The Social, Intellectual and Psychological Costs of Current Assessment Practice" and " Assessing Mathematics Understanding & Skills Effectively". Recent publications include a book-length case study of educational reform entitled "The Geometric Supposer; What Is It A Case Of?" and "Software Goes to School: Teaching for Understanding in the Age of Technology". Judah may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joan M. Kenney's professional career has encompassed a wide variety of experiences in the field of mathematics. She has worked as a research scientist, specializing in operations analysis and risk management; taught mathematics at the secondary and college level; and performed task modeling and pedagogical intervention in elementary and middle school classrooms. Joan served as the national evaluator for the NSF-sponsored Assessment Community of Teachers and Connecting with Mathematics projects, the Instructional Leadership Academy sponsored by the Council for Basic Education, and the Digi-Block program. She has delivered keynote addresses at several national and international conferences, and has written extensively about mathematics education reform and assessment.
Joan recently retired from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where for 10 years she was the Project Coordinator and Co-director of the Balanced Assessment Program. During that time she was involved in assessment task design, student performance evaluation, and outreach to community stake-holders; she also served on the Mathematics Task Force of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and on the original design committee for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). She continues to consult with school districts on issues of mathematics curriculum and classroom practice, and to provide professional development for teachers and administrators in the areas of mathematics content and assessment. Her book, Literacy Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction, was recently published by ASCD. Joan may be contacted by e-mail at Joan_Kenney@post.harvard.edu.