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Pre-AP: Advanced Topics for Vertical Teams in Mathematics—Assessments

Expand your understanding of math assessments in this workshop

Middle and high school math teachers learn the techniques of assessment, designed to support instruction for students as active learners and problem-solvers. Educators recognize increasingly that the purpose of classroom assessment of student achievement is to help teachers make decisions about instruction. Accordingly, the workshop will cover assessments, reliability, validity, scoring guidelines, and performance appraisals.

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards; and to AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics topic outlines.


  • Learn the techniques of assessments and other performance appraisals
  • Explore the importance of assessment in classroom instruction
  • Practice strategies used by Vertical Teams in mathematics
  • Gain knowledge of the AP Vertical Teams concept around the theme of assessment
  • Gain exposure to activities that illustrate good pedagogy, like cooperative learning


The Language of Assessment
Reliability and Validity
Assessment Using the Multiple-Choice Format
Evaluating the Multiple-Choice Item
Crafting the Constructed Response Item
Strategic Assessment beyond the Classroom

Workshop author

Chris Olsen has been teaching mathematics and statistics at George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for more than 25 years. He also serves as the mathematics assessment facilitator for his district. He served on the AP Statistics Development Committee and is the author of the new AP Statistics Teacher's Guide. He is coauthor of Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis, with Roxy Peck and Jay Devore. He spends most of his reading time in history, philosophy, math, and statistics. He has spent much seat time at the National Archives researching espionage in the Civil War, much foot time tramping around the mountains of Colorado, and not nearly enough time working in the yard.

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