The AP standards look like this, with chapters 1-5 in the fall term, 6-10 in the winter, 11 in the spring (with some mechanism for including previous term standards that I haven't devised yet).
I was toying with some more project/portfolio-based assessment for this course, especially after I saw success with limited screencast reassessment at the end of last year).
What I'm going with is a combination of in-class and out-of-class assessment, which I'll put under the umbrella of 'portfolios.' Basically, there are a lot of ways that you can prove to me that you have nailed a standard (and it's your responsibility to make that case to me for each standard):
- Show me how well you did on in-class assessments that covered that standard and/or reassessments (I'm only preparing one or maybe two per unit)
- Show me how you applied this understanding to an in-depth analysis ('capstones')
- Show me a lot of problem-solving from the text (M and I's problems are generally pretty robust and most are not the kind of sterilized problem that you see in Giancoli, Walker, etc.)
- Ideally: all three.
I need a mechanism to make sure that not everybody's just doing problems, with all of the potential issues (ethics and others) that that entails. Maybe I'll make a tally sheet for them, so that they have to color-code the methods that they used, so they (and I) can see at a glance how they met the standard. I'd like to make sure that they do at least three capstones per term, as well.
I'm thinking about a binary scale (Yes, Not Yet) and a 50 + 50*(% of standards met) algorithm.