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
- 11 pre + post tests that cover every domain
- 11 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:
- The assessments are grouped by concept rather than standard. For example, in the Operations and Algebraic Standards for first grade, they are broken down into four concepts: Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction, Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction, Add and subtract within 20, and Work with addition and subtraction equations. So in this resource, there are four assessments that cover the OA standards.
- 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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