I want to be an elementary teacher when I grow up. More specifically I would like to teach the 3rd grade. So, I decided to look at the blueprints from grade 3 Mathematics and the item samplers for Mathematics grades 3-5. Based on the blueprint of my topic, the purpose of the exam that I will create would be to make sure my students understand number sense, computation, algebra and functions, geometry, measurement, and problem solving. Questions about number sense may include representing numbers and values in words, models, and expanded form. Questions about computations may include adding and subtracting whole numbers with or without regrouping. Questions about algebra and functions may include solving problems involving numeric equations. Questions about geometry may include identifying quadrilaterals. Questions about measurements may include measuring line segments. Questions about problem solving may include solving problems by identifying relationships among numbers. This form of assessment will provide the instructor with information on whether or not the students understand what has been taught in the classroom. For the most part, I think these questions are fair because the exact topics that were mentioned in the blueprint are being displayed in the item samplers. However, the questions can sometimes be very tricky. The might require some more challenging thinking than what was practiced in the classroom. This is why the questions can sometimes be unreliable. Also, because some of the questions are worded differently than what the students are used to or because they require one step more of thinking, the student performance can decrease than what the child would be used to seeing. These types of statewide and national examinations can impact students in many different ways. For example, these types of tests motivate students to do their very best. For example, when students are older and have to take the SAT and ACT for college, these tests will motivate students to do as well as possible so that they can be accepted into the college of their choice.