Subject Area: K-10 Mathematics Author: Cassandra Race
The assessment task that I used to generate my work sample is a Mathematics pre-test aimed at Year 7 students focusing on the area of fractions. The three capabilities assessed in this pre-test were: understanding of operations with fractions, recognising equivalence and fraction size and converting mixed numerals and improper fractions.
The purpose of the pre-test is to ascertain students’ prior knowledge and understanding of fractions so that I could:
i) obtain a clear understanding of each student’s zone of actual development (ZAD) and zone of proximal development (ZPD) in relation to the three capabilities and associated indicators being assessed by using a criterion-referenced framework;
ii) provide quality feedback to students based on the model created by Hattie and Timperley using evidence generated from both the framework and classroom observations; and
iii) use the information derived from the pre-test to target my teaching by grouping students according to ability.
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