Performance Based Assessment Practice Test (Grade 8 Math)

Full-length practice tests like this one offer a wealth of individualization opportunities, especially when they includes a number of open-response questions. Here the class can really get some 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 could do a great job throughout the year of keeping material in line with state assessments and expectations.

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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
  • Use at the end of the year as testing approaches
  • Offer as speed drills to increase problem-solving abilities under pressure
  • Could follow open-ended responses with a presentation on different responses / scores vs. rubric, and how to maximize score potential
Classroom Considerations

  • Non-calculator vs. calculator sections could get mixed-up easily
  • Some instructions are PARCC-specific, if using 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 List
Pros

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

  • No leveled examples for open-response problems