What are Classroom Challenges?

Classroom Challenges, developed by the Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) include both problem-solving and content development formative assessment lessons. The Mathematics Assessment Project was set up to design and develop assessment that will support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The design is the responsibility of the Shell Centre team, which is famous for the rich materials it has designed over the last 30 years to help teachers and test designers meet challenging goals like those presented by the standards. The team is led by Malcolm Swan and Hugh Burkhardt.This 9-part webinar is based on the talk Hugh Burkhardt gave to the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics in Philadelphia in 2012


Dr. Malcolm Swan, the lead designer for MAP, is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Nottingham and Director of the research centre there. He has led the design of many of the Shell Centre materials, which spring from the centre's design research. In 2008 he was awarded the prize for educational design of ISDDE, the International Society for Design and Development in Education, for The Language of Functions and Graphs, which some of you may know as "The Red Box".


Dr. Hugh Burkhardt has led many of the Shell Centre projects, often as now in collaboration with his "second home" - the University of California at Berkeley – and with others in the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service. He pioneered the concept of strategic design, which focuses on the elements of structure in the design of materials that forward their take-up by the school systems they are designed to serve.


Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Introduction to Tasks and Tests

In this first session of a 9-part series on Assessments in the Service of Learning, we introduce the Math Assessment Project, discuss assessment types, and review levels of expertise required of students to become proficient in mathematics.

Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Task Examples

In part two of our series, Assessment in the Service of Learning, we introduce three types of performance tasks that we ask students to perform. We compare each type of task and its ability to build students' understanding of math.

Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Apprentice Tasks

Part three of Assessment in the Service of Learning delves more deeply into Apprentice Tasks and their relationship top Piaget's Levels of Understanding.

Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Computer-Based Testing in the Math Classroom

In part four of the series, Assessment in the Service of Learning, we take a look at Computer-Based Testing and consider the benefits and challenges it poses for instruction.

Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Challenges and Problem Solving Activities

Part five of Assessment in the Service of Learning looks at Classroom Challenges that are aligned to the Common Core. These formative assessment lessons provide engaging activities for students as they build knowledge to expert levels.

Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Problem Solving Challenges and Assessment

As the we continue our 9-part series, Assessment in the Service of Learning, this session guides teachers through Problem Solving Classroom Challenges. We present the importance of understanding and embracing the shifting of roles between teacher and student in a formative assessment classroom. We also introduce Professional Development Modules geared towards helping teachers implement Classroom Challenges in their classrooms.

Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Concept Development Lessons and Structure

The next part of the series, Assessment in the Service of Learning introduces Concept Development Classroom Challenges and their structure. We look at four Concept Development task genres and walk through an example of one genre, Translation.

Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Concept Lessons and Task Genres

Session eight of the series, Assessment in the Service of Learning looks at the remaining three Concept Development task genres, testing assertions and misconceptions, classifying objects and challenging definitions, and modifying problems and exploring structure.

Assessment in the Service of Learning: Tests and Formative Assessment: Moving Forward with Strategic Design

This last session of the series Assessment in the Service of Learning provides a reflection on the importance of formative assessments and looks to the implementation of Classroom Challenges through strategic design.


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Boomerangs: The Flow of a Formative Assessment Lesson - Gates Foundation

This PDF document describes the flow of a Classroom Challenges formative assessment lesson.

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Defining and Enhancing Formative Assessment

This article by researcher James Popham provides a comprehensive overview of formative assessment, which is essential to understanding the Classroom Challenges lessons.


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Engineering Good Math Tests

Hugh Burkhardt has, since 1982, led a series of assessment projects with test providers in the United States and the United Kingdom who sought to align their mathematics tests with learning goals. He is based at the University of Nottingham's Shell Center in England, where he works with the Mathematics Assessment Project of the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service, and the University of California, Berkeley. He founded the International Society for Design and Development in Education and chairs the advisory board of its e-journal, Educational Designer.

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