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Welcome to my math blog! The purpose of this blog is to help you stay informed about our learning and experiences that have taken place during our math class. I have also included links your child (and you) may want to use in order to supplement math learning in 5th grade.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Math Benchmark

My students took a math benchmark today.  This benchmark was the released STAAR test that my 5th graders took last year.  I give benchmarks for a number of reasons:

  1. Benchmarks allow me to see where my students are strong and any area of weaknesses that I need to address.
  2. I am able to use the data to determine any intervention that needs to take place in small group settings and at a more individualized level.
  3. The kids are able to see the types of questions they will have to answer in April (50 questions that must be completed in 4 hours).
This is the first benchmark I will do over the next few weeks.  We will also be taking:
  • Study Island Benchmark - Students were given this exact assessment at the beginning of the year.  I am looking for growth.
  • Star Math (not to be confused with STAAR) - Students took this at the end of 4th grade.  I am looking for growth.
  • MStar (algebra readiness) - Students were introduced to this assessment in September.  We will take the second installment in January and a third installment in May.  I am looking for growth in their algebra readiness in preparation for Junior High.

HOMEWORK:  Countdown p. 6

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