Looking for a way to assess your incoming Grade 1 students' mathematic knowledge gained from Kindergarten? The "Grade 1: Ontario-Based Diagnostic Math Assessment Test" is a 10 paged assessment test that can be used at the beginning of the Grade 1 school year to identify what concepts from Kindergarten need to be reviewed in Grade 1. The questions on the assessment test are based on the FDK Ontario curriculum specific expectations. Students are asked to complete questions from all strands in the math curriculum (i.e., Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, & Data Management and Probability). This packet includes an answer key as well as a comment table that divides each question into the expectation it targeted.
There are many ways you can choose to use this diagnostic assessment - it is flexible. You might choose to split up the assessment over several weeks, several days or throughout the school year and base it on questions that surround the unit of study you are teaching.
Q: What additional materials should be used for this test?
Many of the expectations addressed require students to use concrete materials. As a result, making these materials available to students (manipulatives) for them to use during the test would be beneficial. If students choose to use manipulatives, you can also comment on how students are using the manipulatives and what their choice of manipulatives are. There is an "Additional Assessment" page included to give you some ideas as to how you can assess some of the expectations that could not be covered via a paper and pencil task. The materials suggested for use are pattern blocks, square tiles, counters and snap cubes.
If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.