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Friday, March 1 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Tiered Tests: A differentiated assessment that provides students more voice and choice FULL

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The need to create a better system for assessment arose from the recognition that our tests did not reflect or reward what we said we valued in our math classrooms. Specifically, a once-size-fits-all test often felt stressful and overwhelming and did not encourage students to take risks or provide enough opportunities for deeper problem solving.

Over the past two years we created and piloted a “tiered” style of assessment that allows students to choose the types of questions they want to answer. Each test features a wide range of questions and no two students will take the same test in the same way!

Come to this session to learn about how this type of assessment has:
• Significantly reduced stress around testing
• Rewards risk taking
• Encourages students to “know thyself” and take ownership of their learning and progress.
• Allows students from a wide range of skills and readiness to be successful on the same assessment
• Provides even more opportunity for challenge for those who are ready
• Provides real data about the types of questions students are answering which is helpful in giving students feedback, setting personal goals, and making informed course placements.

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Laurie Chandler

Middle School Service Learning Coordinator, Kent Denver School
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Bruce Collamore

Math Teacher, Kent Denver School
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Whitney McMurtry

Math Teacher, Kent Denver School
Whitney is an educator, traveller, artist, mathematician and mother.  She has over 20 years of experience in middle school education.  She sees her primary role as a coach to help students feel empowered as individuals and capable as mathematicians.  She currently teaches 7th grade... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm MST
Sweeney A
  Sessions: Effective Feedback & Assessment
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? The primary goal is to share HOW this style of assessments works- how it is created, administered and then used for feedback.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Regular opportunities for table groups to process and share insights and observations throughout.