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  • Testing

    Posted by Jessica Kelman on April 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    I am concerned about how to talk to my kids about their state test this year. Families had the options to “opt in” to the state test this year. A bunch of kids are still taking it. The curriculum was not covered in the way it has been in the past due to the pandemic. The test matters for high school if they choose to take it. I have no control over who takes it.

    Jon replied 1 year, 7 months ago 3 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Kyle Pearce

    Administrator
    April 22, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Hi Jessica!

    What specifically is concerning to you? You mentioned that it matters for high school students if they take it. Why does it matter and what happens to those who opt not to take it?

    • Jessica Kelman

      Member
      April 22, 2021 at 9:29 am

      They are in 7th grade in NYC so their scores count toward applying to high schools if they take the test. The city has not been clear on how the scores will affect the kids. I am concerned they will see material we have not explored.

      • Kyle Pearce

        Administrator
        April 23, 2021 at 7:07 am

        I’m curious how that will play out if some students won’t be taking the test?!

        Of course it has been a very challenging last year with online learning etc. I’m wondering though, if students are problem solving regularly, the test may not be a huge concern. I’d be curious to hear how it plays out?

      • Jessica Kelman

        Member
        April 25, 2021 at 10:52 am

        If they do not take the test, the schools only look at their GPA.

        This answer is helpful. Thanks.

      • Kyle Pearce

        Administrator
        April 26, 2021 at 7:03 am

        Have you checked out the “how to teach math from a distance” course in the Academy?

        Pair that up with problem based units and I think you’ll have them on track regardless of whether they do the test or not.

        learn.makemathmoments.com/tasks

        Let us know how it progresses 🙂

      • Jessica Kelman

        Member
        April 26, 2021 at 9:46 am

        I’m actually working on “Making Math Moments from a Distance” and want to try the Shot Put Task but I am struggling with how to implement asynchronously.

      • Jon

        Administrator
        April 27, 2021 at 6:13 am

        Hey @jessica-kelman have you got to the video portion where we show how we did that task asynchronously? We did it a few ways with our classes.

        One way was giving written instructions in Google Docs and having students upload solutions to Padlet (or you could just have them upload to google docs). Another suggestion we gave and showcased was how to use that task in Desmos Activity Builder.