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Addressing the Standards
Focus on the Standards was of the utmost importance to me. I also wanted to be sure that I was assessing my students only one the given standard. As a district, we have adopted the HoughtonMifflin Harcourt curriculum "Go Math." This curriculum is very rigorous and does an excellent job at spiraling the standards though out the year; however, as part of my research I needed to look at one standard at a time which prompted me to create my own pre and post test.
For my first inquiry, I used the following Common Core State Standard for 6th Grade math:
6.NS.3  Fluently add, subtract, multiply and divide multidigit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation. The pre and post test for this inquiry can be found by clicking here.
For my first inquiry, I used the following Common Core State Standard for 6th Grade math:
6.NS.3  Fluently add, subtract, multiply and divide multidigit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation. The pre and post test for this inquiry can be found by clicking here.
With an understanding that math; especially at the secondary level is more subjective than meets the eye, I also wanted to track student growth towards the standard by looking at more than just the right vs. wrong answer. I believe that many students may have a conceptual understanding of the content but still make a small error because of gaps in their foundation.

To accommodate for this, I also created a rubric based on a 14 scale towards their comprehension of the standard. To use this rubric, I graded each question using this same scale. To read this rubric, you can break each section down like this:
 4  Exceeds the standard
 3  Meets the standard
 2  Standard nearly met
 1  Standard not met
 0  No progress toward standard