Tag Archives: Formative Assessment

BTSA: The Bane of a Beginning Teacher

With the end of the school year approaching, my first year of BTSA, otherwise known as the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment induction program is officially over.  As noted on the BTSA website, “… ‘Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment’, is a … Continue reading

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Grappling with Grading: Part 1 – Cut Scores

Prior to starting my first semester as a teacher, I sat down to write the green sheets for my two courses: AP Calculus AB and Algebra 1.  As a freshly minted ed school grad, filled with progressive idealism, I chose … Continue reading

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Problems with Prerequisites: Part 1

Late last month upon returning from my college 25-year reunion, I decided to reassess my algebra 1 students’ prerequisite knowledge since their performance on earlier assessments repeatedly reflected deficiencies in those skills.  Difficulties ranged from adding and subtracting integers to … Continue reading

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