"Teachers understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning."

Reflection on the Standard:

In order for teachers to know what their students understand, they must provide some sort of assessment. Assessments allow the instructor to gauge students' understanding of material and also help the instructor know how effectively they are communicating the material to their students. Teachers should use a variety of assessments, including formal and informal assessments, to accurately measure student progress over time.


To represent this standard, I have selected a chart which I used to informally assess 11th grade Algeo3 students after a lesson on solving and graphing one-variable inequalities. Please click the artifact icon below to view this chart:

Explanation of Artifact in Relation to the Standard:

At the beginning of class, students completed the first three columns of the chart as a review of basic inequality terminology. After a lesson on solving and graphing one-variable linear inequalities, we returned to the chart to fill in the boundary column. I asked students what type of circle (open or closed), as well as the direction of shading (left or right of the circle) for each of the different inequality signs. Students correctly answered all of these review questions. From this assessment, I concluded that the students had a thorough understanding of the new material, that they had developed the necessary skills to learn more advanced content, and that I presented the material in an effective manner.

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