*This 2nd grade math performance test will be administered to students individually in a quiet space in the classroom preferably when other students are in another classroom or area in the school where they are engaged in another activity that will not interfere with testing.
This performance assessment seeks to test students on their knowledge of the math content of multiplication in which critical-thinking skills are essential to their success and mastery level. No longer should second and third graders be merely introduced to multiplication by way of being shown multiplication or time table charts. Students have to understand that multiplication is founded in addition and grouping variations such as arrays. These concepts bring the goal of students’ recognition of the principles of multiplication to the forefront, and provide multiple avenues for students to understand and actively multiply on their own.
The performance assessment also seeks to put the objective into place and focus on students’ grasp and accuracy with working with arrays when multiplying as well as other grouping and visualization skills. This assessment seeks to capture students’ understanding of the realm of multiplication and seeks to reflect the teacher’s instruction of the content that stresses the importance of corresponding math vocabulary as a way for students to be able to articulate their reasoning when tested. The structure of the test has been carefully crafted to continue to expose students to the vocabulary essential to multiplication beyond instruction as well as crafted to allow students to “perform” using the vocabulary. The test culminates with testing students on their abilities to apply multiplication rules when solving multiplication equations- moving away from visual aids and arrays and onto the abstract aspect of multiplication.