Kindergarten and First-Grade

The primary goal of Assessing Mathematical Understanding is to enhance teachers’ ability to meet individual student needs. By using this assessment and understanding the organizational framework on which it is based, teachers can enhance their understanding of how students learn. Using students’ responses to the assessment items as a guide, teachers can differentiate instruction and create learning environments that better support their students’ mathematical development.

The kindergarten and first-grade assessments are designed to be administered to each student by the teacher several times during the year to document progress. Each student record is designed to provide cumulative documentation of the student’s growth in mathematical proficiency during the course of the school year. Before using the kindergarten and first-grade assessments, teachers should be sure to review the directions in the guide.

Diagnostic Assessment

The diagnostic assessment provides in-depth data for particular students. The teacher may choose to use the diagnostic assessment with students whom she believes would benefit from additional mathematical challenges or students who may be struggling with mathematical concepts. For each of these students, the teacher can identify a particular concept area and administer the bank of items in that section of the diagnostic assessment. The diagnostic interview and student record provide detailed information about the student’s mathematical knowledge and help the teacher decide how to adjust curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of that child. Before using the diagnostic assessment, teachers should be sure to review the directions in the guide.

Free copies of all materials are available for download in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). Assessments for Russian- and Spanish-speaking kindergarteners and first-graders are now also available.