Educators internalize learning standards and ensure measures of student performance are aligned to those standards. Furthermore, they understand that multiple items or tasks may be necessary to fully reflect the depth and rigor of a specific learning standard.
Successful data-literate educators can select any learning standard they are teaching and write or find assessment items or tasks that align to that standard with respect to both academic content and rigor. This includes:
- To be fully aligned with the academic content, the items or tasks must include both equivalence of fractions and comparisons of fractions.
- In contrast, an assessment item that asks students to compare fractional and decimal representations of a number would be related to the content of this standard, but it would NOT be aligned to this particular standard.
- To be aligned in terms of rigor, the items or tasks would require students to explain equivalencies, potentially using something like a visual fractional model in their explanation.
- In contrast, a task that simply asked students to generate a set of five simple equivalent fractions (e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3, etc.) would be aligned with respect to content, but not in terms of the rigor of the standard. This item might be part of a scaffolded set of aligned items, but taken alone, it could not provide sufficient evidence of aligned assessment.
To earn the micro-credential for Aligning Standards and Assessments, submit the following:
When stating the learning standard (and relevant sub-standards, if applicable), cut and paste the standard in its entirety and, if possible, provide a link or citation where the standard can be found in the public domain.
Your submission will be assessed on the following rubric. You must earn a (3) Proficient or (4) Exemplary to earn the micro-credential.
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