## Standards Based Assessment

Standards based assessment gives the teacher, student, and parent more information about the students’ understanding of the mathematical topics and empowers the students to improve in specific areas. Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate each standard. While a grade will still be earned, it will indicate the students’ knowledge of algebra. Each standard will be evaluated using the following rubric:

**4:**

**Exceeding the standard:**

**Complete understanding of the concepts, no mistakes, goes above and beyond the requirements**

I demonstrate a thorough understanding of this idea

**repeatedly over time.**I work independently and apply this skill in multiple situations. I can explain this to someone else in a clear manner using appropriate math vocabulary.

**3:**

**Meeting the standard:**

**Strong understanding of the concept, meets expectations**

I understand the process or idea but when I do it on my own I may miss a detail or occasionally get a wrong answer. Overall, my skills are strong.

**2:**

**Progressing toward the standard:**

**Basic understanding of the concept but need more experience.**

I start to get the idea, but I need some more practice. My skills are still developing.

**1:**

**Little or no progress toward the standard:**

I try to follow, but it’s going too fast. I need more examples and a lot more practice. I’m not sure I know how to start, and I really need help.

## Checking Homework

Homework will be a critical part of the students’ mathematical journey. Homework will provide relevant practice for each standard and provide the student with the ability to assess his or her learning and know what questions to ask. Students will receive points for homework based on the rubric at the end of this document.

**Math Homework Rubric**

This year you will check your homework before you come to class. There are many reasons this will benefit you. First, if you are getting the right answers, you will have confidence to continue. If you get a problem incorrect, you can work to find your mistake and you won’t make the same mistake on subsequent problems. This system is designed to empower you to continuously improve.

You will be given credit for the work you show on your homework and for correcting it before you come to class.

Step 1: Write the problem (if it is not a word problem) and complete it in pencil. Make sure you show your work.

Step 2: Check your answer in the back of the book. (If it’s not there, mark “NIB”.)

Step 3: Using a PEN, score your work. If you miss the problem, TRY IT AGAIN with a pen.

**(One check mark) Got it on the 1st try**

*I got the problem right the first time I tried. I completely understand the problem.*

**(Two check marks) Got it on the 2nd try**

*I got the problem wrong, did the problem over in PEN, and understand my mistake. I understand the problem now. You can see my original pencil work and corrections in pen.*

**x Still don’t get it**

*I tried my best, but the book says my answer is wrong. I can’t find my mistake. I will ask for help.*

Step 4: Repeat this process for each odd numbered homework problem.