Grading the Basic Thinking Mathematics may seem confusing at first. Although there are 16 pages, not all the pages count towards the SAR (Study Achievement Rate). Why
is that true? Page 1 is the cover page. This page explains the concept that the student will be learning about. There are also no questions on this page and therefore should not be
included in the SAR. It is important to review this page with the student so that he knows what to expect during class time. Page 2 is the Review Page. Since this is about the topic in the previous book, as opposed to the current booklet, it is also not included in the SAR. If a student is having trouble on page 2, then it is necessary to review the previous booklet more in depth.
Pages 8 and 14 are the “Try This” pages. These pages could include mazes, matching, puzzles, and word problems. Page 15 in most booklets is entitled “Thinker’s Corner.”
This page can be quite difficult, or it is a game that the student can play at home. Since these problems are not focused explicitly on the computation, they are not included in
the SAR. Page 16 in most booklets is the Performance Assessment. This is a review of the concept that was found in the booklet. It can include problems that the student has
already completed in the booklet. Since this problem can be found somewhere else in the booklet it does not need to be counted twice.
This leaves 10 pages left in the booklet: pages 3-7 and 9-13. These pages are known as the Main Section. These are the pages that contain computational questions that are related to the concept topic that is found on page one. Since these are the only pages with these basic mathematics skills, these are the ones that are included in the SAR. The SAR is found by determining the number of pages with mistakes. If a student makes 1 mistake on the following pages 2,3, and 4 the SAR is 8 because there are two pages with mistakes in the main section of the booklet. If a student only makes 3 mistakes on page 4 then the SAR is 9 since there is only one page that contains mistakes (even though there are multiple errors on that page). Each level has its own SAR that can be found in the progress booklet. In general, if a student gets below an 8/10 for SAR, the concept should be reinforced. For the lower levels, it is important to review the whole concept and the remainder of the level as opposed to simply one booklet since all the booklets are connected.
For Upper Levels, only the teaching tools, concept comic, and cover page are not included in the SAR. In general, if a student gets below a 12/17 as the SAR, the booklet should be reinforced. Unlike the lower levels, only concepts that are below the SAR should be reinforced as opposed the remainder of the level. When collecting homework, be sure to check for incomplete work. If anything is incomplete, it should be immediately handed back to the student to complete. If tracing is not done, that should also be considered incomplete. It is important that a student traces in the booklet because it reinforces the concept through writing as well as reading. Be sure to visit the ORL to see examples of proper grading and a great handout that
you can print out for your graders.
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