Getting Started with Open-Ended Assessment

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  • 1 Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • 2 West Jackson Intermediate School, Hoschton, Georgia
  • 3 University of Georgia, Athens

This article discusses the nature of open-ended assessment items, their benefit to student learning, and how one teacher began using such items in her fourth-grade classroom. Also included are suggestions for getting started using open-ended assessment items in the elementary classroom.


Keith Leatham is interested in mathematics teacher education and in the use of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Kathy Lawrence is interested in differentiation of instruction to meet the needs of all learners and in teaching mathematics through connections with everyday life experiences.

Denise Mewborn interests include elementary mathematics teacher education and professional development.

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