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Tool Assessment-led improvement: the MAC model


MAC, the Silicon Valley Mathematics Assessment Collaborative, grew out of the California Math Renaissance, which focused on reform through good curriculum. There the:
  • workshops went well but there was not much sign of change in classrooms ("Wouldn't work with my students".....)
  • curriculum replacement units were each too big a bite for teachers to swallow
  • coaching was so expensive

In 1996 formative classroom assessments with Balanced Assessment and New Standards tasks became a focus of professional development, working with various districts in Silicon Valley.
Each task provides a common experience for teachers to work and discuss, and a common universe of discourse for examining student work from their own and other classrooms.

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