Performance Based Assessment Practice Test (Grade 7 Math)

A ton of customization options exist for a full-length practice test like this one, especially one that includes a number of open-response questions. Here the class can really get hands-on experience wrestling with the open-ended response problems, along with the tricks for maximizing score potential. Whether it's given as a whole in a test-prep setting, or broken up into concept based lessons, these problems do a great job of helping keep your material focused and aligned with assessment.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use individual or a group of problems as warm-ups to keep the class familiar with the format and language of end-of-year testing
  • As testing approaches, offer this as a substitute lesson 
  • Use as speed drills to increase problem-solving abilities under pressure
  • Open-ended responses could be followed by a presentation on different responses / scores vs. rubric, and how to maximize score potential
Classroom Considerations

  • Non-calculator vs. calculator sections might require monitoring or attention if problems are mixed up
  • Some instructions are PARCC-specific, so be aware if you are using it as practice in a differently tested district 
  • Answer keys and rubrics not included in assessment, but links listed to those and other resources (Spanish language practice test, online practice test, etc.) in Included Materials tab
Pros

  • Valuable released-item practice for instructional support
  • Clear open-response rubrics to help students understand grading expectations
Cons

  • No leveled examples for open-response problems