Diagnostic Math Assessments provide a simple and quick way to pre-assess students before teaching a new mathematical concept. Using a tiered question approach, you will be able to gather data about your students’ levels of understanding and differentiate accordingly. Before starting any new unit in math, this is how I quickly level students for guided math and small groups!
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Included in This Resource:
- This is a printable PDF file
- Directions on how to implement
- Student grouping guide
- 21 pre + post tests that cover every domain
- 21 answer keys with a breakdown of why each question is included
- A blank template to write your own assessment questions
How the Assessments are Designed:
- Some assessments are by standard and some are a group of standards (one big concept). I made assessments for the individual standards that I felt I spent more time on with my students. I grouped some standards (for example, 5.G.1 – 5.G.3) because I felt like the main concepts could be covered in one assessment.
- Each assessment has three questions. The first question is the most simple, while the third question is the most difficult. The first question requires a basic and surface-level understanding of the concept. The second question builds upon the concept a bit more. The third question requires application of the concept. These three tiered questions are labeled with shapes (circle, square, triangle) so that the levels are discrete.
How I Use these Assessments:
- The leveled questions give me insight and data for creating my groups. I like to sort students into three main math groups based on how they scored on their pre-assessments. Some teachers may prefer to have more math groups with fewer students in each one. With student groups and pre-assessment data at my fingertips, I can then differentiate instruction for each group as we move through the standard.
- Give the post-assessment (same test as the pre-assessment) after the unit is finished to track growth.
Blog Post Resources to Help You Get Started:
- An Easy Way to Level Students for Math Groups
- What a Typical Day of Math Centers Looks Like
- How I Differentiate Guided Math Lessons
Additional Resources to Support Your Math Instruction:
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