Wednesday, October 30, 2013

No GRADING Timed Math Tests

One thing that I feel that I lacked as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher was getting my students to memorize their math facts. I think it is partially due to the fact that I HATE grading timed math tests just as much as I HATE giving them! (I loathed those tests as a child too!) However, with Common Core I NEED to make sure that my students are learning them and I need to hold them and myself accountable. This year I was thrilled with the system my students are using to test, grade, and track their progress all INDEPENDENTLY!

1.  Students work in partners at a fast facts station during guided math

2.  Students get materials. (timer, laminated test, laminated answer key, and graph)   

3.  Students sit facing each other. One student has answer key, one student has the blank test.
4.  Student with the answer key, starts the time for three minutes.
5.  Student with the test, orally says the answers. The student with the answer key follows along; circling any wrong answers.
6.  Student with the answer key marks where they left off after 3 minutes and reports how many the student got correct.
7.  Student with test marks his graph showing level, date, and number correct.
8.  Students switch roles and repeat.


9.  Once a student has gotten all the problems correct within the time limit, they can move on to the next level. Students get all their materials for the next level.

10.  Teacher can give a paper and pencil test at any point to verify students assessment. :)


  1. I love this idea! I have a few anxious students and wonder if this would be a better option.

  2. Where do you get the actual tests from that the students use?