Are you using the new Common Core aligned Math Modules/ Eureka Math program in Kindergarten? Our school started using the curriculum two years ago and we found that the one-on-one interview-style assessments were taking up SO MUCH TIME. All of our time, in fact! We’d find ourselves skipping math lessons, content lessons, and sometimes intervention to be able to administer these assessments. I thought, there MUST be a better way to assess these little ones that doesn’t take away so much of my instruction time.
I got busy creating mixed interview/whole group assessments that I have found to cut my assessment time by more than half. Often times, I am able to assess the entire class in just one hour long math period instead of 2 math periods, 1 science period, 3 15-minute burst in the morning, 2 tutoring periods….(I could go on!) Literally, they seemed never ending.
Here’s my solution! Assess the class in a whole group format while assessing the exact same skills introduced in the unit, and while using a rubric that aligns with the ones used in the program. The rubrics i used are still on a scale of 1-4 and I often fill out the rubric as I am testing the student. A few of my assessments do have small interview pieces because students are asked to explain thinking, and I wanted to maintain the integrity of the test. These mini- interviews were something my aide and I would often walk around and do while the students were working.
I have created Whole Group Written Math Assessments for all of the Kindergarten Math Modules. Take a look, try one out, and if you like how much time it saves you, come back for some more!