aMath is often used by teachers to screen all students and estimate annual growth with tri-annual assessments (fall, winter & spring). Benchmark Standards (i.e., “cut scores” or “targets”) are built into the system to assist in determining which students are at-risk for academic failure versus those who are on track to be successful. Students with deficit achievement are quickly identified for additional intervention. The data also identify and inform instructional decisions for on-track and high-performers.
aMath is used up to five times per year to evaluate annual growth. It is not intended for weekly progress monitoring.
aMath (Adaptive Math) is a fully automated computer adaptive measure of broad math skills. It is individualized for each student, but may be group administered. Items tap a variety of skills including counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, numbers and operations, measurement and data, and geometry.
These assessments adapt and individualize to the skills of each student. Students typically complete the assessments in 20-30 minutes, reducing testing time by up to 50-95% compared to traditional tests. Our extensive research has enabled the aMath test of 30 items to replace a traditional 100-item test, with high accuracy and actionable results.
The type of questions and response format is substantially similar to many state-wide assessments (i.e., multiple choice, fill in the blank). There are both auditory and visual stimuli presented for each question. Although the test is individualized for each student, typically developing kindergarten students receive items related to number and quantity identification. Typically developing students in fourth and fifth grades receive items related multi-step problem solving and advanced calculation.
The assessment is based the recommendations of the National Math Panel (2008) and National Common Core Standards (2010).
aMath is administered and scored with browser-based software. It may be administered individually or by group. Students are set-up with earphones and a laptop, desktop, or mobile tablet device. A teacher or other staff person logs into FAST, selects the student(s) name(s), and proctors the assessment. Administration and scoring are fully automated.
Reports are available to evaluate student performance against local norms, mastery criterion, and predictions of risk to meet proficiency standards on state tests. Reports provide a summary of student performance on a scale that spans kindergarten to Grade 5. Student performance is on a scale of 150 to 750 with an average of 400.
Benchmark/criterion standards are specified for each grade level, which are used to identify students at risk.