Student Assessment in IM3 Math

I will be using a variety of assessment strategies, whether it be the regular tests, quizzes, assignments and homework, or other creative manners through with can demonstrate your mastery of skills/concepts (i.e. model building, producing videos/movies, teaching peers, etc ...)

The percentage grade you earn in each semester of the course is comprised of the following:


Our summative assessments will comprise of two types of assessments:

(a) MAJOR ASSESSMENTS: These major assessments are usually the summative unit tests that take place at the end of each major unit and evaluate students' understanding of a wide range of concepts learned over a period of 4-6 weeks. Ideas, skills & concepts from Year 1 WILL be incorporated into Major Assessments. Also included in this category will be any major work associated with your EXPLORATION. The category weighting factor to be used for unit tests & exploration work will be 5.

(b) MINOR ASSESSMENTS: These assessments are usually mid unit quizzes or HW quizzes that occur within a unit and evaluate students' understanding of a narrower range of concepts learned over a period of several weeks. Only current content will be assessed on quizzes. Also included in this category will be any minor work associated with your EXPLORATION (first & second drafts for example). Exploration type assignments will range in degrees of complexity and time commitments (daily, weekly, monthly). These written exploration styled assignments are given so that the students gain experience in performing and writing about mathematical investigations and modeling tasks. This practice will set the stage for students writing their IB Exploration. The category weighting factor to be used for quizzes & exploration drafts/deadlines work will usually be 2 or 3.

75 %

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS ==> PCPR (Preparation, Contribution/Classwork & Participation, Reflection)

Preparation for class includes:

Video Notes & HW Quizzes - These assessment tasks are one form of direct instruction for this semester and focus on watching videos that directly deal with algebraic processes in Math. Students take notes as they record the developing examples and then are quizzed on the math skill the next period

Homework - Homework tasks are designed to practice concepts learned in recent lessons. Since mistakes are considered to be an important part of the learning process, homework tasks are graded on completion and effort rather than the accuracy of the work.

Test Preparation Submissions - This requirement will see students submitting written evidence of having prepared for unit tests & quizzes

Class Participation & Contribution - When class time is given for concept development discussions & explorations, class work & for assignments, students are expected to be on task and to be contributing to the development of the skill/topic within their groups & within the class. Participation & contribution is self & teacher graded according to the linked rubric

Reflection - Students will be asked to write & participate in periodic reflections upon their learning and their progress.

25 %

Semester Exam

A cumulative final exam is given to assess mastery of all topics studied over the course of the first THREE semesters of this course (ALL TOPICS from Year 1 as well as this semester!!!

20 %

All work will be evaluated for some or all of the following assessment criteria:

(1) Knowledge/Understanding of skills and concepts

(2) Application of the skills/concepts in modeling scenarios

(3) Thinking/Inquiry/Problem Solving related to either pure or applied math

(4) Your ability to communicate your knowledge