Evaluating Students 's Understanding Of The Skills And Concepts That Were Taught

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Summative assessments usually occur at the end of a lesson and are used to evaluate student’s understanding of the skills and concepts that were taught. These assessments are seen as a “digital snapshot” because they provide insight of a student’s knowledge at a single period of time, (pg 78, Van de Walle, Karp, & Bay-Williams, 2013). Tests and quizzes are a popular type of summative assessments. This assessment is designed to evaluate student’s addition and subtraction skills. It was administered during summer tutoring for 4th grade special education students. Student will “fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm,” (Council of Chief State School Officers and National Governors Association, 2010). The standard algorithm is a struggle for these students who tend to favor place value strategies and using manipulatives. I developed an assessment in which students will solve addition and subtraction equations focusing on using the standard algorithm. Manipulatives and place value charts were available for students to use to check their work if needed. This assessment provides opportunities for students to demonstrate mathematics content knowledge and mathematical practices. The first two problems involve students solving equations, which involves the Common Core Standard. These problems require students to attend to precision by “calculating correctly and efficiently,” (pg 492, Van de Walle, et al, 2013).
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