Reflection: Book Order Math Assessment - Section 2: Summative Assessment


In reflecting on this assessment, I am satisfied with its overall design.  I wanted to find out about my students critical thinking skills in math specifically their skills in Number and Operations in Base Ten (NBT) and in Operations and Algebraic Thinking, student writing and interpretation of numerical expressions, as well as their attention to precision. The specific Common Core Standards I was assessing were:

1.  5.OA.2 Write and interpret numerical expressions - They had to do this by looking up the amounts of the items used in each question and decide if the problem required addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division.

2. 5.NBT.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place - This assessment gave the students the opportunity to round. If they choose to do so, it showed me one more piece of evidence on their mathematical thinking.  If they didn't round it showed me that they were probably not familiar with estimating to find a reasonable answer.  

3.  5.NBT.5 Fluently multiply multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. This standards was assessed in questions 1, 6, and 8.

4.  5.NBT.6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division.  Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays and/or area models.  This standard was assessed in numbers 3, 5, 7 and 10. 

5. 5.NBT.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.  This standard was assessed in all 10 questions. 

In looking back at my student work I would probably assess some of them differently now after reflecting on the standards.  Standards 4 and 5 show the Math Practice of attending to precision and standards 6 and 7 do not.  I am very happy with my assessment and the depth and complexity it covers while using a real life item. 


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Book Order Math Assessment

Unit 6: Beginning of the Year Assessments
Lesson 1 of 3

Objective: To assess a student's level of mathematical thinking

Big Idea: Embed math assessment into realistic problems and real-word contexts

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, addition, subtraction
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