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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

Anchor Papers & Scoring Rationales

The summative assessment tasks published in Exemplars Library include student anchor papers and scoring rationales at the four levels of the Exemplars rubric: Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner and Expert.

Scoring rationales describe why each piece of student work is assessed at a specific performance level. Rationales are given for each of the five criteria in Exemplars assessment rubric: Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Connections, Representations. The anchor paper is then given an "overall" assessment score or achievement level.

Together, these resources provide guidelines and support for teachers as they assess their own students' performance. They can also be shared with students as examples of what work meets the standard and why or as a basis for self- and peer-assessment.

Other student work samples may be viewed here for math, science and writing.

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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