What is competency-based assessment?
In our math class, we are adopting a competency/skill based approach. In this approach we have divided each curricular strand into a series of goals and related skills. As we progress through the material, students will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate the math concept or skill. For some students, they may only reach competency after the formal unit has been completed… and that’s okay! Just like learning to walk, different kids learn at different times. For more information on this philosophy, please read my “Math Assessment Philosophy” page HERE.
Is homework assessed?
The short answer is “not formally”. There will be three ways that math students will have homework:
- To Finish Work that they already started in class (this will usually be in the form of a paper-and-pencil worksheet) – for each of these tasks, either a picture or video of the answers will be posted on the class twitter feed. Students are expected to complete the work, then check their answers online. I will NOT be collecting this type of homework but rather taking up any question that students still do not understand even after looking at the answer key.
- To Complete Weekly “Mathspace” tasks. Each weekend I will post 1-2 tasks on Mathspace. The topics of these tasks will pertain to the topics we will be covering in the upcoming week. Students will be responsible for completing these tasks at some point throughout the week. I am able to view who completed the tasks, which questions required hints and videos, and the total amount of questions completed correctly. Students must achieve an overall success rate of 70% in order for the task to be officially declared “completed”.
- To Work on a Previously Assessed Topic. At any time throughout the term, students are encouraged to review their online assessment tracker and identify those areas with which they demonstrated an understand of “Not Yet”, “Getting There” or “Has It” on a summative task (SWYK or project). If students would like to improve their grade, they must attend extra help sessions, complete some extra practice at home, try some online resources from Mathspace or the class website and/or work with a parent or tutor and then submit a request for reassessment.
How do I use/navigate the online assessment tracker?
I’m still confused about how to book a re-assessment?
I was away on a test day, what happens now?
I can’t get my assignment done on time, what do I do?