[This is a follow-up to a recent blog post from March 30]
I declare this experiment a success! I feel much closer to mastering mastery in my instruction.
Last Wednesday, I gave the formative assessment and scored it during class (while students explored a set of Jackdaws about the Lewis & Clark Expedition). Students got a brief message whether they passed the quiz or needed to retake it ASAP.
You can see a copy of the quiz at bottom of this post. Most students spent 8-10 minutes on it.
The pie chart shows that a large majority (over 75%) gave proficient answers to all the quiz questions. I think that's pretty good!! A few of those students only needed to improve their understanding of one item, like defining "manifest destiny" or clarifying how the U.S. gained Texas and the Mexican Cession.
When I returned the quizzes, I also gave copies of the grade chart in my earlier blog post. Students learned they had 4 days (until Monday April 3) to answer the question How did the US expand west of the Mississippi River? I expect students to do this sort of work in their Schoology account but I announced that I would accept handwritten responses as well -- as long as I get them on-time!
Most students submitted their pieces on Sunday (of course). They were quite simple to grade because I was just looking for inclusion of manifest destiny (for B+) and some sophisticated analysis (for A).
About two-thirds of students earned A or B+ for attempting one of the "go-beyond" options. Fifteen (the red wedge of the pie chart) either did not try to include manifest destiny OR just mentioned the definition vaguely without connecting it to the big idea of territory expansion.
Eleven students ended up with a C grade, because they showed proficiency of the essential details but did not submit a response to the question:
- 3 claimed that they wrote a response but forgot to submit it. Maybe true, maybe not. All three are typically strong students who would probably have done well. They must keep the "C" for this item (a fairly small element of the trimester report card grade), and hopefully learn a good lesson about meeting deadlines.
- 4 told me they forgot about the assignment completely. Bummer. Again, there's a valuable lesson to be learned about deadlines and responsibility.
- 4 other students didn't have a real explanation, but these are kids who struggled to pass that quiz in the first place. Two needed to retake the quiz on Friday, and one was absent most of last week. The "C" grade fairly accurately shows their limited-but-proficient understanding of this topic. The fourth kid looked really sick during 1st period and probably felt gross all weekend, so I may arrange an extension for him.