# Designing Assessment for Mathematics

Second Edition

- Eileen Depka - Elmbrook Schools

**Other Titles in:**

Mathematics & Numeracy | Summative Assessment & Testing | Teaching Methods & Learning Styles

July 2007 | 232 pages | Corwin

In the second edition of this research-based book, Eileen Depka clarifies the purpose of rubrics, and illustrates the relationship between assessment, rubrics and math standards; the teaching of math; and students' discovery of math concepts. The author demonstrates how to drive instruction and enhance student achievement using assessment data and completed rubrics and discusses:Procedures to create effective assessment tools and rubrics Different types of scoring guides Weighted rubrics Student involvement in creating rubricsTwo new chapters focus on communication in mathematics and using data from rubrics to improve instruction. Each chapter offers easy-to-use, creative problems that are based on math concepts linked to national math standards and benchmarks.

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Introduction

The State of Mathematics

About This Book

Chapter 1. Using Rubrics in Mathematics

The Rubric

Why Use Rubrics in Mathematics?

Rubric/Mathematics Application: You're Right on Target!

In Summary

Chapter 2. The Relationship Between Mathematics Standards and Rubrics

The Importance of Standards

Mathematics Standards and Rubrics

Rubric/Mathematics Application: How Negative Are My Temperatures?

In Summary

Chapter 3. Performance Tasks and Rubrics

Why Use Performance Tasks?

Characteristics of Performance Tasks

Creating the Performance Task

Rubric/Mathematics Application: Let's Go Shopping!

In Summary

Chapter 4. Developing the Rubric From a Checklist

The Checklist

The Transition from Checklist to Rubric

Summary of Steps for Developing a Rubric

Rubric/Mathematics Application: What's My Area?

In Summary

Chapter 5. Weighted Rubrics

The Purpose of Weighted Rubrics

Using Technology in Rubric Development

Rubric/Mathematics Application: Discoveries in Rainbow Candy Land

In Summary

Chapter 6. Student-Created Rubrics

Using Student-Created Rubrics

The Process

Rubric/Mathematics Application: I'm Not Just Average!

In Summary

Chapter 7. Teacher-Made Tests and Rubrics

Using Teacher-Made Tests

Creating a Teacher-Made Test

Rubric/Mathematics Application: Finding LCM and GCF

In Summary

Chapter 8. Using Rubric Data

Analyzing Data

Individual Graphs

Group and Summary Information

Student Comparisons

Rubric/Mathematics Application: The Garden

In Summary

Chapter 9. Mathematics and Communication

Mathematical Vocabulary

Communication

Feedback

Reflection

Mathematics Application: Sales Tax Task

In Summary

Appendix 1: Additional Rubric/Mathematics Application Projects

Project 1 Overview: Measurement and Statistics

Project 2 Overview: Symmetry and Area

Project 3 Overview: Standard Measurement

Project 4 Overview: Unit Pricing

Project 5 Overview: Complementary and Supplementary Angles

Appendix 2: Turning a 4-Point Rubric Score Into a Letter Grade

Bibliography

Index

"Makes a distinct contribution to the field. Not only does the text clearly explain how to create rubrics and performance tasks in a step-by-step manner, each chapter also provides an example for immediate use in the classroom."

Crestview Elementary School, Clive, IA

"Clearly demonstrates how to design rubrics for math, a content area that desperately needs support. The use of rubrics combined with performance tasks helps educators teach math at a higher, more engaging level. A must-have book for all educators seeking to build a strong, thinking-based math program."

Holley Elementary School, NY

*"From strategies to increase cognitive processing abilities to providing students with tailored experiences to reinforce learning, this book is a solid pick for any education collection."*