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7 Steps to Build Math Assessments into Your Classroom

In the last decade, there has been a growing movement toward using varied, embedded assessments in math instruction.

Research has shown that embedding a blend of assessment opportunities for teachers and students provides insights into student progress in the moments of learning, maximizes engagement, and moves students forward.

Here are just a few suggestions for successfully integrating math assessments into everyday instruction.


1. Embed Assessment

Teachers are constantly embedding assessment opportunities into instruction every day, even when they may not realize it. They observe students in many different environments—playing games, working with their friends, completing assignments, and learning through digital resources. Teachers can learn how their students learn, how they think, how they participate in groups. These informal math assessments provide nuggets of information that can be powerful in helping teachers make decisions about how to individualize, differentiate, and personalize math instruction.

2. Blend Informal and Formal Math Assessments

3. Use the Right Tools for the Task

4. Take Play Seriously

5. Put Students in the Driver's Seat

6. Let the Data Tell the Story

7. Find Support through Professional Learning


More closely integrating assessments into math instruction is just one of the ways educators nationwide are working to improve academic achievement and create lifelong learners.

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