Administering State Assessments
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I teach grades 4-6 music. I have about 520 students. Each class I see is actually two homeroom classes simultaneously, so I have anywhere from 39 – 51 students at a time (4th grade is a huge challenge for me). Class is about 45 minutes long once you subtract the time it takes me to go pick up one class at a time and drop off one class at a time (I have no aide and the teachers are busy). Sorry about that momentary vent.
Last year I only had one class at a time and had desks and tables. I used a written exam for my state music assessment (prinipal’s “strongly recommended” preference) and it was difficult, but I managed. I have no desks or tables and because of my class size, I did away with paper and pencil, there is much more activity this year. So now I am trying to get ideas on how to create and administer my own assessment. I am so overwhelmed with the number of students that I don’t know how to begin. Ideas? Thanks!
What exactly are you wanting to assess. be as specific as possible. (Singing on Pitch, Music Reading, Playing Instruments …..) tell us that and we can help. I have a many ideas that I can share. I have over 1000 students with 53 classes.
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