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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

Differentiated Tasks

The instructional/formative assessment tasks in Problem Solving for the TEKS have been differentiated to include a "more accessible" and a "more challenging" version of the original problem. This feature allows teachers to meet the needs of students at various levels as they explore and practice new math concepts.

Grade 2 Sample

Original Version of Task (click here)

Austin and Eli have been saving pennies to buy a video game. Austin and Eli know the video game will cost 1,000 pennies. Austin has five hundred fifteen pennies. Eli has 400 + 30 + 5 pennies. Austin and Eli have some bags. Austin and Eli begin putting ten pennies in each bag. Austin thinks they each need to save twenty-five more pennies to have enough pennies to buy the video game. Is Austin correct? Show all your mathematical thinking.

More Accessible Version (click here)

Austin and Eli have been saving pennies to buy a video game. Austin and Eli know the video game will cost 700 pennies. Austin has three hundred fifteen pennies. Eli has 300 + 30 + 5 pennies. Austin and Eli have some bags. Austin and Eli begin putting ten pennies in each bag. Austin thinks they each need to save twenty-five more pennies to have enough pennies to buy the video game. Is Austin correct? Show all your mathematical thinking.

More Challenging Version (click here)

Austin and Eli have been saving pennies to buy a video game. Austin and Eli know the video game will cost 1,000 pennies. Austin has five hundred fifteen pennies. Eli has 400 + 30 + 5 pennies. Austin and Eli have some bags. Austin and Eli begin putting twenty-five pennies in each bag. Austin thinks they each need to save twenty-five more pennies to have enough pennies to buy the video game. Is Austin correct? Show all your mathematical thinking.

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Here's What People Are Saying

Exemplars tasks have proven to be engaging for our Title I students. Use of the student-scoring rubric helps students understand exactly what is expected of them as they solve problems. This knowledge carries over to other mathematics tasks.

Deidre Greer, PhD.

Asst. Professor & Program Coordinator

Early Childhood Education

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