My immediate concern is the the lack of consistent tempo. I started each students with the words, "one, two, ready go" in hopes of helping them establish a beat before they started performing the rhythm. About 90% of the students demonstrated an understanding of the note values, but did not acknowledge the beat provided to them, therefore not performing the rhythm accurately.
My goal for the next test (the second of three) is to instill the importance of establishing a beat tempo internally before beginning. This week students will begin counting the rhythm in their heads before they begin to perform. In addition, I will designate a student to be the "beat keeper," (an honored position in our classroom) to help students hear and feel the beat tempo as we practice.