Today is midterm exam day! This is not only a test for your students - it is a test for you to see how well you have taught your students. In this video I talk about the midterm exam and my philosophy behind it.
If I didn't have to use a district-mandated common assessment, I would write a test that includes a multiple choice portion with a few good free response questions that encapsulate the big ideas of the semester. In this document are a few free response questions that I think do a good job of addressing the most important concepts of the semester.
Another important aspect of these free response questions is that every student in my class will be able to make some progress on them. For a midterm exam that is 20% of their semester grade, I want to pick questions that every student can contribute something to. Each question will have varying levels of responses so they lend themselves well to a 3 point grading rubric.
Here is what I would use for this 3 point rubric: