Level 1

Performance-Based Assessment and Instruction for the Common Core: Problem Solving, Rubrics, and Anchor Papers

Through the lens of problem solving, this introductory session will provide participants with methods to support and guide mathematics assessment and instruction for the Common Core. At this workshop, individuals will learn how to identify what constitutes a good problem and problem solver, to assess student work with proficiency using the Exemplars math rubric, and to use assessment results to guide instruction and improve student performance.

Broad Agenda

  • Explore the essentials of performance-based assessment and instruction to support the CCSS for Mathematical Content and Practice
  • Discuss appropriate tools to effectively implement the CCSSM
  • Use Exemplars rubrics and anchor papers to assess students' work
  • Use problem solving performance tasks to enrich learning opportunities and supplement core math programs
  • Introduce instructional techniques that promote the CCSS for Mathematical Practice, students' higher-order thinking skills and mathematical communication
  • Make the link from assessment to instruction to improve teaching and learning
  • Define the language of assessment, mathematics, problem solving, Depth of Knowledge, Universal Design, as well as types of portfolios
  • Understand the fundamentals of problem solving and strategies for implementation
  • Use differentiated problems to address individual student's needs
  • Help students become proficient in self-assessment


I enjoyed the workshop and facilitator. This [workshop] has given me a boost of energy to begin the new school year. I can't wait to start. Thank you so much!

G. Mack, 4th Grade Teacher

Very helpful! I've been doing Exemplars problem-solving activities, but this workshop helped me know how to better assess students' work... You make me wish I had more years to teach.

C. Prescott