Question

Hello Ken, this question/topic recently came up in math discussions at our school:
Given the expectation that students in higher level math classes need to leave answers a given way (we ask them to leave all answers as simplified radicals or simplified improper fractions if they are not integer answers), how do we hold them accountable for this with standards based grading if there is not a gradelevel standard that states answers must be given a certain way?
"In other words, we ask algebra students to leave answers as simplified improper fractions, rather than mixed numbers (leaving an answer as 9/2 instead of 4 ½)." While the answers are the same, success in higher math classes depends on their ability to work with improper fractions. How do we hold them accountable for giving the answer in the correct format using standards based grading?

20111121 John Unrein 
