Sunday, November 25, 2012


Take a minute to look at this sample assessment question:

 source: pages 56-58

MCAS? PARCC?   It is neither. This is a grade 6-8, language of mathematics sample item from, ACCESS for ELLs® Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment. Can you recognize Standards for Mathematical Practice #1, Make sense of problems and perservere in solving them, embedded in this sample question? Last week I asked if grade level teachers are having converstations, this week's I am encouraging ELL and mathematics teacher dialog. I highly recommend looking at "useful conceptualizations of the language practices embedded within the Standards for Mathematical Practice" on pages 20-25 of the Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards at

The question now might be, MCAS? PARCC? WIDA? Curriculum allignment? Where do we focus our efforts? I propose that instead of dividing time and resources step back and identify the commonalities. One framework to faciliate alligning efforts could be the Massachusetts Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). The MTSS blueprint outlines "a single system of supports that is responsive to the academica and non-academic needs of all students." Information and resources can be found at  I welcome your comments and thoughts about this!

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting resource - WIDA modelled math assessment,