Monday, October 21, 2013

Rigorous and Open-Ended Tasks

It's hard to keep all of the assessment terminology straight these days. 

What is the difference between a CEPA and a performance task?  How do we know when we've created an authentic formative assessment?  What's the point of administering interim assessments?  How do we define rigor?

This week's blog focuses on rigorous tasks and gives you concrete examples to work with.  Regardless of what we name these tasks, we know that it is imperative that we increase the amount of open-ended, rigorous problems that we present in the math classroom.

If you've explored the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers' (PARCC) website, you know that these tasks are a lot more open-ended than they used to be.  Below are some websites that provide you with sample mini-assessments or performance tasks.  I hope you find these resources useful and that you try out a few!

Achieve The Core
Achieve The Core-Mini Assessments

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox
Elementary, Middle and High School Sample Tasks

Middle School Tasks
Open-Ended Math Problems

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