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I am working on a project for UW-Extension. My task is to find assessment tools and resources online for teachers to use. If you have suggestions for sites, please let me know. I would also appreciate knowing what you are looking for so I can find what you need.

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Sonya TH's picture
Sonya TH
Lower Elementary Teacher - Montessori School

I am looking for an informal math assessment that will measure progress from the beginning of the year and end of the year. I want to be able to identify areas that the curriculum needs to be further developed and also identify needs of students.
I teach 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.

David Wees's picture
David Wees
Formative Assessment Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools

Sounds like a challenge, especially in the Montessori system.

What is the focus of your curriculum in grades 1, 2, and 3? It seems to me that children at that age are learning the rudimentary algorithms and calculations, as well as number sense.

What are you hoping to assess? The student's ability to do computations, or to use those computations to solve problems?

Nathan's picture

The free searchable database at offers a single point of reference for educators wishing to access or design assessments and assessment-based learning activities for their students. Visitors to the site can also add additional tests and tools which they have previously used and would like to share with the wider education community.

Rebecca Alber's picture
Rebecca Alber
Edutopia Consulting Editor

Hi all,

After skimming through all the comments, I just wanted to suggest, and I imagine many of you are doing this already, including student say in the designing of rubrics and criteria charts.

Here's an interesting article titled, Creating Rubrics through Negotiable Contracting.

If a well designed rubric doesn't yield the kind of results you hoped for from students. I contribute these two factors to this:

1) Lack of modeling finish product or process for students
2) Not giving students enough ownership and say in the development of the rubric.

Happy planning this summer and good luck!


Patricia Ort's picture
Patricia Ort
High school reading, computer, and social studies teacher from Michigan.

We are shifting to a Project Based Learning approach this fall for our alternative high school students. One of our key tasks will be to develop rubrics for each subject area. Edutopia also has free downloadable PDF documents that could be helpful to you. Their Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning contains links to other sites, including one titled Overview of Alternative Assessment Approaches. In the online Education Media Design Technology masters I just completed through Full Sail University, rubrics were used quite a lot. There were no tests - the entire thing was project-based. I can tell you, it was pretty rigorous. We made movies, created web sites, did team projects, carried out research, and published literature reviews as part of our assessment.

Brenda's picture
Multi-age Second and third Grade Teacher from Minnesota

I know that to get my students excited about reading I need to teach them to be authentic readers. I teach how to pick a just right book, read for understanding, make connections, visualize, and the list goes on and on.
On a daily basis I am assessing growth through one on one conferences and book club discussions. My problem is that this authentic style of reading does not end with a summative test that I can give to my students. Any ideas on how to do summative assessments when your readers are reading a wide variety of books at any one time? I feel that I am doing some injustice to my students when it comes to state tests as they have never been "tested" on reading.

Linda's picture
Assistant Professor of Education, University of Pikeville

I give Rubistar a "thumbs up" too! It was recommended to me by an assessment "guru" this summer and I can't wait to recommend it to my teacher candidates for when we are working on assessments this fall.

Randi's picture
1st grade teacher

I have a few questions regarding summative testing. Do you review or prepare your students for summative tests the day before the test? Do you create your own assessments? If so, what resources do you use? How do your assessments measure students comprehension or reasoning?

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