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
- 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.