Assessing for Understanding

Real Data

The information gathered from the assessments helps teachers pinpoint what each child knows and still needs to learn. They are not about "helping children be right," but about uncovering their instructional needs.

AMC Assessments have been carefully designed so each question elicits several levels of student thinking. This gives teachers the most information possible about each individual student in the shortest amount of time.

With the AMC assessments, teachers and administrators can monitor student progress throughout the school year, providing critical information about what the student understands. With this data, classroom teachers can target instruction and both teachers and administrators gain a complete picture of each student's progress.

Each Chapter Includes...

FORMATIIVE

provides teachers the information necessary to differentiate instruction for core grade level concepts.

SUMMATIVE

provides information on students' progress toward benchmark goals.

DIAGNOSTIC

identifies students' knowledge of core mathematical ideas and provides evidence of misconceptions.

Overview of
Assessing Math Concepts

*Formative, Summative and Diagnostic
*Uncover the child's edge of understanding
*Short Personal Interviews
*Focus on Number
*Designed to give teachers the most information possible in the shortest amount of time
*Aligned with Common Core State Standards - Math
*Inform Classroom Instruction
*Identify students who need intervention
*Available in two formats - Web Based Version or *Paper Student Interview Form

Short Personal Interviews

The assessments are conducted in short one-on-one student/teacher interviews. This format is critical since "we learn most about how our students think and what they can do when we sit beside them and observe their mathematical work."

Because of the ages and capabilities of young students, mathematics assessment should rely more on observation and conversations and less on writing.  Each assessment can take as little as five minutes and no more than 15 minutes.

Student responses can be captured using Student Interview Forms or the web-based program. Teachers using the web-based version can use any desktop computer, iPad or laptop with internet access.

"WHAT STUDENTS WRITE ON PAPER OFFERS ONLY A GLIMPSE OF WHAT THEY KNOW AND THINK."

 

RICHARDSON, 'ASSESSING MATH CONCEPTS'