Mathematics Dynamic Assessment

Allsopp, David H.; Kyger, Maggie M.; Lovin, LouAnn; Gerretson, Helen; Carson, Katie L.; Ray, Sharon
January 2008
Teaching Exceptional Children;Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p6
Academic Journal
The article reports on an informal assessment to support struggling learners in mathematics. The authors explain that Mathematics Dynamic Assessment (MDA) integrates research-supported assessment practices, including assessment of students' interests and experiences, error pattern analysis, and flexible interviews. MDA provides teachers with information needed to determine students' understanding about mathematics concepts, ability to express their understanding, and status in the learning sequence (frustration, instructional, mastery). The authors differentiate between the high-stakes evaluative testing predominant in U.S. education and informative assessment practices such as this one. Detailed information on MDA is provided together with a scenario illustrating its application.


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