The Performance-Based Classroom: What to Look For and How to Support Your Teachers

This workshop provides an opportunity for leaders and administrators to understand the basics of standards-based assessment and instruction and problem solving in their schools' classrooms and to support teachers with the process.

Broad Agenda

  • Discuss what to look for in a performance-based classroom and how to question students about their mathematical problem solving and communication
  • Discuss ways to move mathematical problem solving and communication forward as a whole staff
  • Define the vocabulary of mathematical problem solving, assessment, and communication
  • Define the types of assessment that an educator incorporates in her/his teaching
  • Study and apply Exemplars Standards-Based Math Rubric
  • Link the Exemplars tasks and scoring rubric to state grade-level expectations (depth of knowledge, state release items, etc.)


I was amazed to see the differentiation and the student examples. So many times we see the problems, but not actual student work. Thank you so much for allowing me to see student work and the DIFFERENT ideas so that it's not me creating "mini mes" but showing students how to arrive at the answer in many different ways!

C. Kendrick, Teacher

Exemplars tasks have proven to be engaging for our Title I students. Use of the student-scoring rubric helps students understand exactly what is expected of them as they solve problems. This knowledge carries over to other mathematics tasks.

Deidre Greer, Ph D. , Asst. Professor & Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Education