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Math Shelf Winter Assessment

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John Schacter, Ph.D.


As early education teachers return from winter break, they likely want to know if their students are on track to meet preK or Kindergarten math standards.  With Math Shelf Winter Assessment, teachers can find out.  This short test measures the math skills and knowledge Kindergarten and PreK students should know by the end of January.  

How Math Shelf Assessment works:

  • Math Shelf Assessment is embedded in the Math Shelf app, and requires no teacher planning, prep, or proctoring.
  • Each time children play Math Shelf in January, they take a different part of the assessment.
  • Each part of the test takes less than 2 minutes to complete; there are 5 parts in total.
  • The test assesses:  Number Sense, Geometry, Measurement, Operations, & Base 10 for Kinder students.
  • When children complete all 5 assessment parts, the teacher can review results in his/her Math Shelf Dashboard.

How to interpret the Winter Assessment Results
Sign in to your Teacher Dashboard and click the Assessment Data link in the navigation bar.  The Assessment Overview Table (shown below) summarizes the results for the class.

Winterassess

In this PreK class, 16 students completed the Winter Assessment.   The Total Test Score indicates that 87% of students met standard.  Students performed well on each of the math subtests (Number Sense, Classification & Patterns, etc.), however, only 67% of students met standard for Operations & Reasoning.   

When teachers analyze individual student assessment results (shown below), they can see which students need support, and which math content to focus on.  In the example below, students Kimberly, Gianna, and Marcus need to work on Operations & Reasoning. 

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What to do based on the Winter Assessment Results
The PreK math standard of Operations & Reasoning expects students to add with concrete objects to 6, and compare numbers within 6.  How can this classroom teacher work on this content with Kimberly, Gianna and Marcus?  Simple.  She can use Math Shelf's small group hands-on lessons.  When a teacher clicks on the Lesson link in the Math Shelf Dashboard, a Lesson Calendar appears.  In the Calendar, notice how Kimberly, Gianna and Marcus are assigned to hands-on lessons where they work on Addition to 6. 

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Teachers can also encourage parents to work at home on math skills with their child.  By clicking the Parents link on the Math Shelf Dashboard, the teacher can email parents their child's Winter Math Report Card.  This report card informs parents of the math content their child has mastered, and the content they need additional support.  For the content students have not mastered, parents are provided with links to simple hands-on lessons to engage with their child at home.  The Winter Report Card below shows Marcus's math strengths, challenges, and includes links to math activities to improve his skills and knowledge. 

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Thanks for taking time to learn more about Math Shelf's Winter Assessment, and how to use the results and additional Math Shelf resources to improve your students' math achievement. 

 


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