Performance Tasks and Rubrics for Early Elementary Mathematics: Meeting Rigorous Standards and Assessments, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Performance Tasks and Rubrics for Early Elementary Mathematics

Meeting Rigorous Standards and Assessments, 2nd Edition

By Charlotte Danielson, Pia Hansen


172 pages

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Performance tasks are highly effective tools to assist you in implementing rigorous standards. But how do you create, evaluate, and use such tools? In this bestselling book, educational experts Charlotte Danielson and Pia Hansen explain how to construct and apply performance tasks to gauge students’ deeper understanding of mathematical concepts at the early elementary level. You’ll learn how to:

  • Evaluate the quality of performance tasks, whether you’ve written them yourself or found them online;
  • Use performance tasks for instructional decision-making and to prepare students for summative assessments;
  • Create your own performance tasks, or adapt pre-made tasks to best suit students’ needs;
  • Design and use scoring rubrics to evaluate complex performance tasks;
  • Use your students’ results to communicate more effectively with parents.

This must-have second edition is fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards and assessments and includes a variety of new performance tasks and rubrics, along with samples of student work. Additionally, downloadable student handout versions of all the performance tasks are available as free eResources from our website (, so you can easily distribute them to your class.


“The book provides an excellent overview of the rationale for, and the strengths and limitations of, the use of performance tasks to assess student achievement and progress in mathematics. [The authors] offer a user-friendly, field-tested process for developing performance tasks and rubrics, along with practical advice for evaluating student work, selecting "anchors," and establishing performance standards. Finally, the sample tasks, rubrics and student work samples provide tried and true resources for immediate use, while serving as models to guide development of additional tasks and scoring tools.” --From the Foreword by Jay McTighe, Educational Author and Consultant

“In this series, the authors offer a sharply focused description of performance assessments for teaching and learning mathematics. The structure and content of the books is very strong, centering on the specifics of task development, rubric refinement and integration of the methodology into instruction. Our challenge is to help teachers develop the assessment literacy needed to manage assessment effectively day to day in the classroom. This series helps us meet that challenge.” --Rick Stiggins, Assessment Consultant, Portland, Oregon

“This book challenges everyone to analyze classroom assessment strategies and adapt their performance tasks to make them more current. The content is practical and includes an explanation of why performance assessments provide valuable data for educators to take learning to a deeper level.” --Kara M. Chism, Ed.D, Assistant Principal, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Hoover, Alabama

“The second edition of the Danielson series on performance tasks and rubrics brings clarity to the complex but important responsibility of creating and using authentic assessments in the classroom. Advocating the complementary roles both of traditional tests and performance tasks in a balanced assessment system, Danielson and her colleagues provide practical guidelines for and useful examples of performance tasks in K-12 mathematics. Their focus on the rigorous yet fair and engaging assessment of authentic performance tasks is as timely as it is timeless to teaching.” --Chris Gareis and Leslie Grant, authors of Teacher-Made Assessments: How to Connect Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Learning (2nd ed.)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Why Performance Assessment?

3. Making an Evaluation Plan

4. Evaluating Complex Performance

5. Creating a Performance Task

6. Creating a Rubric

7. Adapting Existing Performance Tasks and Rubrics

8. Mathematics Performance Tasks

About the Authors

Charlotte Danielson is an educational consultant now based in San Francisco, California. She has taught at all levels from kindergarten through college, and has worked as an administrator, a curriculum director, and a staff developer.

Pia Hansen has been a classroom teacher for twenty-seven years, and is currently the director of Professional Development for the Math Learning Center.

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