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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

Differentiated Tasks

Each Exemplars math performance task is differentiated and is accompanied by a more accessible and a more challenging version of the problem, allowing teachers to better meet the needs of the diverse students in their classrooms.

Sample 3-5 Math Task

Original Version of Task (click here)

Mrs. Forest wanted to plan how to contact her students by phone in case the field trip they were going on the next day needed to be canceled. She decided to call one student who would then call 2 other students. Each of these students would then call 2 other students. This would continue until all students had been called. Mrs. Forest has 31 students. How many students will need to make phone calls if Mrs. Forest calls the first student?

More Accessible Version (click here)

Mrs. Forest wanted to plan how to contact her students by phone in case the field trip they were going on the next day needed to be canceled. She decided to call one student who would then call 2 other students. Each of these students would then call 2 other students. This would continue until all students had been called. Mrs. Forest has 15 students. How many students will need to make phone calls if Mrs. Forest calls the first student?

More Challenging Version (click here)

Mrs. Forest wanted to plan how to contact her students by phone in case the field trip they were going on the next day needed to be canceled. She decided to call one student who would then call 2 other students. Each of these students would then call 2 other students. This would continue until all students had been called. Mrs. Forest has 31 students. How many students will need to make phone calls if Mrs. Forest calls the first student? Find a rule for determining how many phone calls will be made for any number of students.

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Different levels of the same task can be used with different level math classes, or more accessible versions of the tasks can be used as instructional pieces, and the original and more challenging versions as assessment pieces.

Material includes:

  • Differentiated performance tasks at three levels
  • Teacher notes for assessment and instruction
  • Standards-based scoring rubrics
  • Annotated anchor papers
  • Alignments to state and national standards
  • Classroom-tested material

Our teacher-friendly tasks are designed to support both the Common Core and Citywide instructional expectations. GO Math! alignments are also available.
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