228: Fix Your Math Tests

Is it time for a math test in your classroom? How do you make sure that your test accurately reflects what your students know?

It can be hard to know if you’re asking the right types of questions, marking accurately, and assessing the content that you actually want to be assessing. This can lead to all kinds of problems with tests.

Anyone can write a test, but as teachers, it’s our job to make sure that tests are accurately measuring student achievement.

I’ve spent a lot of time agonizing over what questions to put in a test, how to weigh a test, and how to score a test, and I want to share my results with you so that you don’t have to agonize over your tests too.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 

  • How to write tests that accurately measure student achievement
  • Overcoming problems with testing
  • The four areas of student understanding that we should be testing
  • How to weigh questions appropriately
  • Making sure that students get fair scores
  • Giving students more opportunities to succeed
  • How to plan out a well-balanced test
  • Creating a scoring guide

If you listen to this episode and realize that you’ve been scoring your tests unfairly, don’t panic! It’s not the end of the world, and it’s not too late to change the way you put together your future tests. I want to help you make sure that your students get the best shot at success and the results they deserve.

If you’re ready to change the way you plan your math tests, I created a little cheat sheet just for you. Download the Math Test Planner HERE to simplify your planning process.

Resources Mentioned:

Download the Math Test Planner

Episode 214: Math and Assessment

Episode 227: Get More Math Assessment Done in Class

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Other Episodes You’ll Enjoy:

227: Get More Math Assessment Done in Class

226: Are You Making It Too Simple? How to Avoid Modifying Your Lessons Due to Pandemic Gaps in Learning

225: Accommodating for Gaps in Understanding Due to the Pandemic

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