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Proportionality assessment - Section 3: Assessment

I was really unsure what the outcome would be with this type of assessment and I wasn't sure how the students would respond. I have not used rubrics much, but I think it was hugely influential in the results that I got. I saw improvement in most of my students work, but none more so than my most struggling students. Discussion of student assessment samples.docx Even students who did not complete the test made a strong effort and were more engaged than they are with traditional style tests. This was very eye opening and I want to try more performance tasks in which students use rubrics!

*ELL Students: Assessment results*

# Proportionality assessment

Lesson 16 of 16

## Objective: SWBAT test for proportionality using ratio, percent, and a graph as well as to explain their conclusion.

## Big Idea: Students need to explain how all three forms of mathematical evidence show proportionality.

*49 minutes*

This is a performance task which requires students to figure out which populations of lady bugs are proportional and then to support their conclusion with three forms of mathematical evidence and to explain their reasoning. Students have access to a rubric during their test and have practiced with it in previous lessons (Assessment Rehearsal & Critiquing the assessment). Students may need some extra encouragement to keep at it and the teachers role is to redirect them to the rubric if necessary. The rubric doesn't help them with the math or how to make their decision, but it does give some organizational suggestions and outlines the explanation guidelines. The rubric is a really nice support to help them persevere.

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#### Warm up

*10 min*

After revising their first assessment from an earlier lesson (assessment rehearsal) using a rubric I ask students to briefly discuss with their math family group and then with the whole class what changes they made to their test. I expect much of the discussion to focus on organization and explanation. The purpose of this discussion is to keep those changes in mind as they are working on today's assessment. I tell students they may use the rubric during the test because I want them to do their best.

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#### Assessment

*39 min*

Normally I have them turn in their tests when they are done and have a homework assignment for them to do for the remainder of the period. Today I tell them I don't want anyone turning in their test before the bell. I tell them it is because if I (their math mommy) look at them I might cry from being so proud of them and I don't want to distract them with my happy tears. Although this is possible, the real reason is that I want them to go back over their work and give themselves a chance to revise it.

As I circulate during the test I may give some pointers by bringing their attention to a certain part of the rubric. I am specifically looking for labeling, lines on the graph, and complete explanations. Some students just need some positive reinforcement as they work. They may ask questions like "is this okay?", "does this make sense?" to which I respond "what math could you do to double check", "could you use the graph to double check?", "did you find the same thing with the ratios?", "does it explain why?

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- UNIT 1: Order of operations & Number properties
- UNIT 2: Writing expressions
- UNIT 3: Equivalent Expressions
- UNIT 4: Operations with Integers
- UNIT 5: Writing and comparing ratios
- UNIT 6: Proportionality on a graph
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- UNIT 9: Exploring Surface Area
- UNIT 10: Exploring Area & Perimeter

- LESSON 1: Percent Proportions
- LESSON 2: What do percentages say about teens?
- LESSON 3: Accurate reporting
- LESSON 4: Dueling Data
- LESSON 5: Market research
- LESSON 6: Spots or Not?
- LESSON 7: Writing percents
- LESSON 8: Writing percents & defining our terms
- LESSON 9: My neighbor's lady bugs
- LESSON 10: Fraction & Percent equivalence
- LESSON 11: My Family's Lady Bugs (day 1 of 3)
- LESSON 12: My Family's Lady Bugs (day 2 of 3)
- LESSON 13: My Family's Lady Bugs (day 3 of 3)
- LESSON 14: Assessment Rehersal
- LESSON 15: Critiquing the assessment
- LESSON 16: Proportionality assessment