The topic that I have chosen is 5th grade mathematics because I would like to teach a 5th grade classroom and because I really enjoy math. So the sampler that I referenced was the 3-5 grade math which can be found at http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/assessment/math-grades3-5-item-sampler.pdf. Based on the blueprint that I looked at, I would really want to focus an assessment around the 7 key ideas that were given in the blueprint. These would be crucial for excellence and knowledge of the material for my students and it would set them up for success on the I-STEP. This form of assessment gives teachers a structured way to teach the class so that they do not have to pick and choose topics. It also gives them specific feedback on what areas they need to spend more time on if there are specific focus topics. I think that the questions are fair and reliable because they are in easy language, they give plenty of information, and cover the blueprint that I originally looked at. I think that the questions are also designed to make a student think critically. This can really distinguish which students know the knowledge for the long run and which students are only memorizing facts. It can show the students that may need more 1 on 1 time. I think that large, standardized tests would be positive because it would create equity of knowledge across all schools. Students would all have similar expectations and would all be judged on the same scale. This is a very good thing to have in place when it comes to assessment and education.
Bonus: I think that in regards to motivation this course has not answered the question on how to motivate students in the classroom that may have a disability, but are still included. This motivation is always more difficult. I have resolved most of my questions in my special education class, but I would really like to see and hear some personal stories and examples from teachers with experience.