For several years, standards-based assessment (SBA) has been the focus of much of my work with Surrey teachers. Simply put, SBA connects evidence of student learning with learning standards (e.g., “use ratios and rates to make comparisons between quantities”) rather than events (“Quiz 2.3”). The change from gathering points to gathering data represents a paradigm shift. In this workshop, I’ll describe four practices of a standards-based approach: writing learning standards; constructing proficiency scales; designing assessment items; analyzing data; determining grades.
Chris Hunter has been teaching in Surrey, BC for more than twenty years. Before becoming a numeracy helping teacher, Chris was a high school math teacher and department head. He collaboratively works with—and learns from—teachers of mathematics from Kindergarten to Calculus; it is his privilege to be invited to teach in many different classrooms throughout Surrey. Chris is the Vice-President of the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT) and has served as a program chair and committee member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences. Chris is passionate about designing learning experiences that engage learners in reasoning and problem solving. An active member of the “MathTwitterBlogoSphere,” he tweets at @ChrisHunter36 and blogs at chrishunter.ca.