Once a year, every student in Grades K-8 complete an Exemplars® word problem, with emphasis on communicating and representing mathematical reasoning. These problems are scored collaboratively on an analytic rubric by teams of teachers. Benchmarking supports math instruction through mathematical processes; problem solving, reasoning and proof, communicating, making mathematical connections, and making mathematical representations. Collaborative assessment is a powerful professional development opportunity, and there are many critical conversations that take place at these full-day scoring events (one per grade). This data has been collected for six years in our division, and is part of division data and schools’ learning improvement plans.
This page contains resources to support benchmarking, documents handed out to assessment teams during 2014 benchmarking session, and records of assessment decisions including anchor papers.
Benchmarking support document Please note that this item was sent to all administrators for distribution to teachers prior to 2014 benchmarking.