FHSD Elem Math/Science Update

December 18, 2014

ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH FINDING AND/OR SCORING ASSESSMENTS IN MASTERY CONNECT?

Information about several topics that have been coming up with Mastery Connect are included below

FINDING ASSESSMENTS IN YOUR TRACKER

When searching for a single-standard assessments (such as many of our performance tasks), the documents sent to EDCs in October, which are also posted on HowellNET (http://howellnet.sharpschool.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=2671325&pageId=20032824&objectId.725075=20106879&contextId.725075=20032827&parentId.725075=20032828) titled "____ Grade Math Assessment and Mastery Connect Information" should help guide you to the standard that the assessment is aligned with.

WHEN ASSESSMENTS (scoring, alignment, etc.) DON'T SEEM QUITE RIGHT

Often assessments need to be updated in order to show in your tracker. When I send the update curriculum map reminder, it is important to take BOTH steps included in that email (also below) in order to achieve a full update with all items in trackers. You might follow these steps occasionally in the case that there are updates that have been made to assessments.

SYNC AND UPDATE TRACKER REMINDER

1. When you go to mastery connect and open your tracker, please go to the "hamburger" (orange box with three lines on the top left) and click on "sync with cmap" to have the latest and greatest.

2. Go into the “Common Assessments” area and click the tab that says “Updates.” There will be a list of any assessments in any trackers that need updated and/or synced. Click each assessment that you would like updated. Be sure to click any that are upcoming and required.

WHY ARE SOME PERFORMANCE TASKS WORTH SEVERAL POINTS WHILE OTHERS ARE WORTH ONLY 3 POINTS?

Pearson's intent with grading Performance Tasks is that teachers give a holistic score using a 3-2-1 scale, as noted in the teacher topic planners. In many topics, especially early in the year, these tasks actually aligned to more than one standard, so they were put into Mastery Connect this way. More recently, performance tasks have truly been aligned to just one standard. In these cases, you may see the entire test having only one question/three points. This is when you will give one holistic score based on how they have performed in comparison with the standard. The scoring rubric in your topic planner gives quite a bit of guidance and detail on scoring these types of assessments.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW THE POINTS ARE DISTRIBUTED?

Have you ever gone into your tracker to pull up an assessment and wondered, "How do I determine when to give a child 2 points, 3 points, etc.?" or, "Why is this worth 2 points?" When I enter a test into Mastery Connect, I add information on scoring into the Assessment Description box. In order to get to these descriptions, go into Common Assessments and search for the assessment. Once found, click on the title of the test to open it. You will see a picture of the test, or with many performance events a description of the test. Beneath the uploaded document, will be an assessment description that should explain scoring. If you are still stumped, please feel free to email me with questions.

Math Year One Review

In February, representatives from each building and each grade level will get together to discuss progress on the district's new program, EnVision Math. Pacing and assessment are some items on the agenda, but if your team has additional topics you think would benefit the district as a whole, please email Sherri. Dates for the meetings for each grade level are below. Please use sub code 053 for these dates. Morning meetings will be 8:45-11:45 and afternoon meetings will be 1:00-4:00. All meetings are at the DLC on Howell High campus.


  • Kindergarten: 2/17 p.m. and 2/26 a.m.
  • First Grade: 2/17 a.m. and 2/26 p.m.
  • Second Grade: 2/9 p.m. and 2/19 a.m.
  • Third Grade 2/9 a.m. and 2/19 p.m.
  • Fourth Grade 2/2 p.m. and 2/18 a.m.
  • Fifth Grade 2/2 a.m. and 2/18 p.m.

Info on Teacher e-text on shared drive

Technology has created share drives on the district server for each grade level's teacher e-text. Teachers at each grade level should already have this assigned to them. To access the materials, go to "computer" and you will see your hard drive along with any shared drives available to you. It is simply titled with a grade level (grade 3, for example), with a description below that includes "envisionsmath". It is associated with a "Y" drive. The information here is the same as that you will find online through Pearson Realize; this is just another way to access it without going through the internet. If you do not have the grade level available to you that you work with, please contact your building tech.

Math Art Contest Sponsored by MoCTM

Missouri Council for Teachers of Math (MoCTM, affiliate of NCTM) is sponsoring a Math Art contest this winter/spring for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Categories include various geometric designs as well as tessellations. It is for K-8 students. For information and contest rules and deadlines, please visit https://moctm.org/MathArtContest.aspx