Proven Math Assessment Measures that Reveal Readiness or Risk
by Jana Bennett
Life-long success in math starts at a young age.
As an educator and math director, you understand how the trend flows: Children who acquire a strong sense of numbers and numeracy skills early in life – during kindergarten and grade one – tend to be more prepared and have more success in subsequent mathematics classes and throughout life.
In a previous blog post, Effective Early Numeracy Assessment Measures, we address the importance of accurately assessing a student’s fluency in these foundational math skills and detail the aimsweb™Plus individually administered early numeracy measures.
As children enter the second grade, it’s vital that their math progression is uninterrupted and grade-level math proficiency is sustained.
Standards- and Curriculum-Based Math Measures for Grades K-12*
The aimswebPlus math assessment component – for grades Kindergarten through 12 – is designed to:
- Track student progress on critical math skills
- Help educators pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement in their math instruction
- Better link math program instruction to tools that accurately measure growth
- Provide a Skills Plan Report that pinpoints areas for instruction or intervention
Number Comparison Fluency–Triads (NCF–T)
A three-minute timed, multiple-choice assessment that asks students to compare numbers within and across number systems.
Mental Computation Fluency (MCF)
A four-minute timed, multiple-choice assessment that asks students to solve one- or two-step mental computation problems using round numbers.
Concepts & Applications (CA)
A 15–25-minute untimed, multiple-choice, standards-based assessment that asks students to solve grade-appropriate CCSS domain word problems.
Quickly Collect Vital Data on Student Progress & Instruction Effectiveness
Since these measures are brief in nature and feature high sensitivity to growth, you can collect powerful student data and frequently evaluate your math program effectiveness without spending large amounts of time away from instruction.
The total testing time is quick:
- Approximately 25–35 minutes for screening
- Approximately 7 minutes for progress monitoring
Combining both the standards-based assessments and general outcome measures required to support math programs, you can assess every student’s math proficiency and identify the students who require intervention.
Administration for all measures is seamlessly done online, producing data that enables immediate application of results.
Are you ready to move your math program forward with powerful, real-time data? Explore a proven screening, benchmarking, and progress monitoring assessment system for grades K-12 supporting multi-tiered instructional models.
*Please note: aimswebPlus high school students can be rostered in the system. They are tested on 8th grade math and reading content, comparing grades 9-12 progress to 8th grade norms.