This Math Fluency Assessment Program is designed so that students are working at their own pace in fluency of addition and subtraction facts to 20. There are 26 levels which have been broken down into small, sequential increments. These assessments are intended to bridge the home and school connection. Instead of the traditional timed or "mad minute" tests given in class, these assessments will be sent home. Once students are ready to be tested on a specific level, the parent will sign the form, and it is returned to class. A teacher, parent volunteer, or older student helper can meet with the student one-on-one to go through the equations at that level to see if fluency has been mastered. Students will orally state the answer, rather than write it down. I have found that in the traditional format of a timed test, students put their pencil down, count on their fingers, and pick their pencil back up to write the answer. It becomes more about how fast a student can count, rather than actual fluency. This program is created in such a way that students master fluency in addition and subtraction facts to 20.
Included in the program are flashcards that correspond with each level so that students will have a visual cue when being tested, a set of answer keys, student grids, a note to parents, certificates upon completion, and a picture of organizational tips.
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I just printed the letter and first assessment sheet to send home next week. I also would love to have a set for multiplication. I have 3 students who could skip the add/subtract and go straight to multiplication!
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Thank you! I don't have multiplication at this time -- but I'm definitely thinking about creating one because you're not the first person to ask me. Thanks for the idea!
October 19, 2012
Can the flashcards be printed with the problem on the front and the answer on the back? I know, we are talking about easy addition, but some of my parents need the help more than the kids do. ;-)
September 30, 2012
Just bought your assessments and am anxious to start with my class. Was wondering if there is a Similar program for multiplication? I sure hope so! I have some students who will progress very quickly and I want to move into multiplication.
Thanks for a great product.
I just bought your assessments, and I'm excited to start using them, but I have a couple of questions about how you use them.
First, when the kiddos get the study guide/test home, do they fill in the top part as a practice test? I'm asking because you said that you have them give their answers orally.
Also, when the kids are taking their oral test, how do you keep track of which ones are correct/incorrect? Do you mark on their copy of the test?
Finally, what percentage do you require the kids to get before they can go on to the next level?
Most of my kids fill out the top portion as a way to practice . . . it's totally up to you. I just wanted a visual for myself and my helpers as to what equations are on that level. I use the flashcards to assess them and I make two piles - correct and incorrect as they state the answers. If they have missed several, I will send the test back home with a note that they need more practice. If they only missed a couple, I will handwrite those equations on the next level's test.
I prefer that my students pass with 100% accuracy, but you could do whatever suits your needs. Some teachers allow them to move on at 80%. I think that's a personal choice.
I hope I answered your questions clearly. If not, please let me know.
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July 22, 2012
At what point in the year do you begin giving timed tests in your class?
I usually start after I have formally introduced the concept of addition and subtraction through our Math curriculum--generally about 6 weeks into the year. This is different, though, because students won't be timed and they can practice at home until they're ready to be tested. It takes away a lot of the pressure for students! :)