When administering a Pre-Assessment, I use the following protocol:
In my classroom, the Unit Pre-Assessment is the same as the Unit Assessment. Therefore, I DO NOT go over the the results of the Pre-Assessment with my students.
In my classroom I use Pre-Assessments to better understand the learning needs of each of my students. During today's lesson I am looking for ways to tailor upcoming lessons to the needs of individual learners. I want to challenge my students, but not intimidate them with too much rigor too soon. I use the results of the Pre-Assessment to help my group my students as we begin the unit. Here are the levels into which I categorize students based on today's results:
By identifying where my students stand, I am better able to choose tasks, form collaborative groups, and differentiate instruction.
After all of my students have completed the Pre-Assessment, I will ask them to reflect on the following questions:
During this discussion, I try to establish an encouraging tone with my students by letting them know that it is okay if they struggled with the problems because they may be unfamiliar with some of the Standards presented on this assessment (MP1). I try to motivate them by letting them know that in a couple of weeks they will be able to compare how they performed on this Pre-Assessment with their performance on the end-of-unit Assessment. I say, "Your goal is to perform better at the end of the unit than at the beginning."