Edutopia on Facebook
Edutopia on Twitter
Edutopia on Google+
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Measuring Comprehension & Reasoning

Measuring Comprehension & Reasoning

Related Tags: Special Education
More Related Discussions
2 Replies 1065 Views
I am a teacher of special education at the high school level who primarily teaches math classes for students who receive services in the area of math. I am also a grad student working on my master's in curriculum and instruction. We are currently discussing different ways that we go about assessing our students through both formative and summative assessments. I am the only special education teacher in the program, so I was hoping to get feedback from others in this field as to how they use assessments in their classrooms. Do you find that binary or multiple choice options give you a good idea of what the students truly know and understand? What do you do at the end of a unit to measure their deep understanding and reasoning? Thanks for any input?

Comments (2 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS

Deven Black's picture
Deven Black
Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Multiple choice questions are not very good for assessing knowledge beyond mere facts. I use short answer questions, projects, discussions and other forms to assess knowledge.

Brandon's picture

Thanks for the feedback, Deven, and I am in agreement. When asked to rewrite a test with multiple choice and matching questions for a math assessment, I really struggled, because as you state, I did not feel that I would be able to assess the knowledge of my students. Perhaps it's the special ed teacher in me (although I seem to have agreement from classmates outside of the special ed field), but I want my students to show me what they know and understand, not just that they can correctly choose "a, b, or c."

Discussion 5 Typing Test Every Teacher Should Know About

Last comment 6 days 15 hours ago in Classroom Technology

Discussion The Un-Fallacy of Balanced Literacy

Last comment 1 week 1 day ago in Literacy

Discussion How Friends and Classmates Can Help a Dyslexic Child

Last comment 1 week 6 days ago in Learning Environments

Discussion Are Graduate Degrees a Thing of the Past?

Last comment 1 week 5 days ago in Professional Development

Discussion Looking for Print Resources for Special Educators

Last comment 3 weeks 3 days ago in Curriculum Planning

Sign in and Join the Discussion! Not a member? Register to join the discussion.