My fourth graders have been thoroughly impressing me with their math facts and use of division for the past week. As my first year at this school, I was so shocked to see how much further behind these kids were in math than I expected. I'm talking a reteach of basic addition/subtraction at the beginning of the year. We touched on long division earlier and it has been brought up again along with other division strategies (gotta love Everday Math...). Anyway, I stressed to them to use any method they feel comfortable with, and in class they have been able to consistently answer division questions, convert a remainder to a fraction, interpret a remainder for a word problem, etc.
Well, they took a short quiz on all the same topics (every single question was actually from their homework or class work) and the majority of the kids bombed!!
What am I missing here?