Welcome to the WA Mathematics End-of-Course Supports Moodle. This is a place for educators to share resources and collaborate as they prepare students for the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. Uploaded resources will not be reviewed by OSPI staff, but instead are the responsibility of the teacher to analyze resources and determine if they suit the needs of their students. If there are questions regarding the use of this site, please email Greta.Bornemann@k12.wa.us or Jennifer.Judkins@k12.wa.us.
This course contains the following sections:
Section 1: Discussion Forums
Section 2: Teacher-Created Resources Database
Section 3: Other Sources of Sample EOC items
Section 4: EOC Item Writing
Section 5: Calculator Policy
Section 6: Common Core Resources
Section 7: Mathematics Collection of Evidence
View each section by scrolling down the page or by clicking on the Section Links in the upper left corner of the page.
This is the PowerPoint presentation delivered at the WERA conference in December 2011. This presentation highlights EOC information, resources and key documents including EOC Updates for 2012 and 2011 Lessons from Scoring Student Work.
The purpose of these documents is to identify sample items and previously released items that align to the 2008 Mathematics Standards assessed on the End-of-Course Exams. Links to released items, sample items and draft COE tasks are listed by PE so that teachers are able to easily locate items aligned to each Performance Expectation.
This document contains information for eductors about EOC Exams and Retake Exams as well as new EOC sample items for Year 1 and Year 2. Sample items for Year 1 begin on page 14; sample items for Year 2 begin on page 29.
These documents contain previously-released WASL items that align to the Mathematics Standards for EOC. The Year 1 Quick Guide contains previously-released items that align to Algebra and/or Integrated Math 1 standards; the Year 2 Quick Guide contains previously-released items that align to Geometry and/or Integrated Math 2 standards.
This document contains sample EOC items in multiple choice, completion, and short answer formats, with solutions. Sample items for Year 1 begin on page 13; sample items for Year 2 begin on page 18.
EOC Item Writing
2012 Item Writing for End-of-Course Exams
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Mathematics Assessment office held the end-of-course exams Item Writing Workshop February 28 - March 1, 2012.
Participants received instruction in writing multiple-choice, completion, and short-answer items aligned to Washington State Mathematics Standards, wrote sample EOC items for classroom use, and wrote exam items that will be used on the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program. Participants described this experience as an excellent opportunity for professional development that provided them with insights for teaching and assessing standards.
The Test and Item Specifications, available on the OSPI website, list the guidelines and restrictions considered when creating EOC items and exams.
The Item Writing Guidelines give further explanation and guidance regarding test item restrictions and guidelines, format of multiple-choice, completion and short-answer items, and scoring rubrics for short-answer items.
The Powerpoint presentation: 2011 EOC Item Writing was used in March 2011 to train Washington State teachers to write items for the state-level end-of-course exams. The presentation was given over 3 days and represents approximately 10 hours of training. This is great information for a teacher who wants to know more about design, validity, and formatting considerations for the state-level end-of-course exams.
The Test & Item Specs Activity and EOC Item Spec Scavenger Hunts are activities that can help teachers delve deeper into the format of and information in the Test and Item Specifcations. We suggest using these as group activities and discussing your responses for each activity.
The Word Problems vs. Process Items helps distinguish the difference between items assessing content Performance Expectations that ask students to solve word problems and items assessing process Performance Expectations that require problem solving strategies. Teachers can use these examples to classify the work they are asking students to do to ensure students have practice both solving word problems and solving problems.
These item templates are used as general guidelines for the format of EOC assessment items. Examples of EOC assessment items can be found in the Item Writing Guidelines document (link above) and in the EOC Sample Item Booklet, EOC Updates to 2012, EOC Updates to 2011, and the Released Item Documents and Quick Guides (links at the top of this page under OSPI Links and Resources).
These rubric templates are used as general guidelines for the format of rubrics for EOC short-answer items. Examples of completed EOC item rubrics based on the new standards can be found in the Item Writing Guidelines document (link above) and in the Sample EOC Short-Answer Items documents below.
Approved calculators may be used on the EOC exams. A scientific calculator is sufficient for all items on all end-of-course (EOC) mathematics assessments, but students may use any calculator that does not have any of the prohibited features listed in the calculator policy. Proctors must clear calculator memory both before and after each testing session. Follow the link above to view the complete calculator policy.
The Illustrative Mathematics Project will provide guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.
Mathematics Collection of Evidence (COE)
Please click here for information regarding the Mathematics Collection of Evidence, eligibility requirements, and tasks for Algebra and Geometry.