New K-12 Formative Assessment Series Focuses on Math, Common Core

Cheryl Tobey

In a new four-book series published by Corwin, "Uncovering Student Thinking about Mathematics in the Common Core," Cheryl Tobey (shown at left) and Emily Fagan help K–12 teachers “get to the core” of their students’ understanding of math. Each book provides grade-specific “formative assessment probes”—questions to identify students’ understanding of key subconcepts in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics—that help teachers tailor their instruction to correct misconceptions and enrich mathematics learning. Building on Tobey’s long-standing work on diagnostic assessment, Tobey and Fagan co-authored the Grades K–2 and Grades 3–5 volumes. Tobey and Carolyn Arline co-authored the Grades 6–8 and high school volumes. Tobey says, “Formative assessment probes are a powerful diagnostic strategy that teachers can use to uncover students’ misconceptions and difficulties. By pinpointing specific areas of difficulty, teachers can plan responsive instruction to deepen student understanding. I was excited to partner with Emily and Carolyn in creating this new resource for teachers.”

Last Updated: January 2014