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CAASPP Update, Issue 259

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, June 7, 2018.

Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.

This Month’s Featured Digital Library Resource—“Circle Graffiti Walk”

June’s featured resource, “Circle Graffiti WalkExternal link opens in new window or tab. (Digital Library account required), is an interactive resource designed for high school students in a geometry class. It is a version of a “gallery walk,” which is an instructional model that exposes students to a variety of content and allows them to collaborate, review, and provide feedback. In “Circle Graffiti Walk,” students work in groups to record geometric functions in response to teacher prompts and, when cued, visit the work of the other groups. In the process, the student groups continue to record evidence, analyze the work of their peers, revise inaccuracies, and add to their feedback as the teacher poses additional questions. With each “walk,” students can engage in the learning as they work to solidify their understanding of geometric concepts.

The instructional plan included in this resource outlines formative assessment strategies for covering a variety of geometric concepts and eliciting an understanding of circles. While the content of this activity focuses on mathematics concepts, the format provides a framework that can be adapted to any content area and grade level to assess prior knowledge, check for understanding, or review content. The activity aligns with all attributes of the formative assessment process, allowing groups to analyze evidence, make informed decisions, and build on recorded evidence to help illustrate mastery of content.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, June 8, 2018
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