Content Specific Assessments

Content specific formative
assessments are found within the units of study and the instructional
guides. Formative assessments are also
prevalent in Project Based Learning units as well as inquiry based instructional
designs. In the space below we have
provided links to various types of formative assessments within a variety of
instructional designs. All of these
formative assessments are from resources on Teach 21 website.
The following is an Academic Prompt titled Your Bet Your DVD! with the accompanying rubric. This academic prompt is a formative
assessment within an instructional guide for Algebra:
While watching movies with your parents, you notice that the more
recent movies seem to be longer than older movies. Your parents state that movies are all about
the same length. You tell your parents
that you can prove the recent movies last longer and if you can prove your
point, you will have a week’s worth of free yard work to complete. They take the bet. Using the Internet or the video store, find
two popular movies made before 1970, three from the 70s, three from the 80s,
three from the 90s, and three from 2000 on.
Determine the running time of each movie. Create a media presentation of your
findings. Be sure to have graphical
representation and measures of central tendency to support your argument. Do you get your DVD player?
·
On a
number line write and graph an inequality that represents the movie lengths of
the two movies before 1970.
·
List the
length of the movies from each decade and determine each mean length. Plot the means of the number line.
·
Use the
information revealed on the graph to present your findings to your parents.
HOLISTIC GRADING RUBRIC
4 
The student
writes and graphs an appropriate inequality and finds the means of the movie
length data correctly. The student
uses his/her findings to make a reasonable and persuasive argument about the
length of movies. 
3 
The student
writes and graphs an appropriate inequality and finds the means of the movie
length data but perhaps with inaccuracy.
The student uses his/her findings to make an argument about the length
of movies but may not fully address the issues or be convincing in the argument. 
2 
The student
finds and analyzes data. The work
however may be incomplete or reflect misunderstanding, have an incorrect
graph, and/or incorrect calculations.
The student’s argument may not address or support the evidence. 
1 
The inequality
graph and/or means may be missing. The
student gives little or no supporting argument about the length of movies. 
A sample RAFT Activity for
formative assessment is found on the Teach 21 site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/strategybank/RAFT.html.
An example of a sponge
activity used as formative assessment is the sponge activity found in the sixth
grade unit titled Express Yourself on
the Teach 21 site:
Put the following sentences on the board and ask students to copy each
and use their Figurative Language Step Book to identify what type of Figurative
Language each is (RLA.O.6.1.11).
·
Fran
passed the test by the skin of her teeth.
(Idiom)
·
The
puddles were mirrors after the rainstorm.
(Metaphor)
·
She eats
like a horse. (Simile)
·
A bird
in the hand is worth two in a bush.
(Maxim)
Discuss each sentence and determine in which category each fits. Have students copy each into their Step Book
in the correct place.
In the Geometry unit titled
All My Life’s a Circle, students are
required to complete the following formative assessment in Lesson 3.
Students will be working individually to provide information on their
individual levels of mastery of the material through the first three lessons. Students are given the instructions for “Fire
Report to the District” found in the Files Uploaded section below. Also, provide them with the Forest Map
for use in making their constructions if they are not using geometry drawing
software. Students will apply what they
have learned to determine the required information to put into the report.
You can find this formative assessment and all necessary handouts at
the following link to the lesson within the Geometry unit on Teach 21: http://wveis.k12.wv.us/teach21/public/Uplans/LPview.cfm?page=1&tsele1=2&tsele2=117&upidU=1211&UPid=1312