Equals- Assessment, Part 3

Welcome to my blog series on Equals Math Curriculum. This post will give you a little more detail about the assessment that comes with the program.

The Equals math program comes with a comprehensive math assessment.  Materials are included for you but you will also need to print and collect a few items. I keep my assessment materials in a bin so I won't have to collect and gather materials again when I need to use it. 

Materials for assessment:
2 Equal Assessment flip books (provided)
Student Response Booklet (provided and more you can print off from members only site)
Assessment Kit Materials to print- from members only site
List of classroom materials you will need to collect
List of Equals Kit materials that you attach to 6 large zip lock bags - the bags are used for you to collect and keep your materials in so you can be ready to go when you want to give a subtest

There are 6 subtests in the assessment. They are: Attending and Exploring; Patterns and Algebra; Data Analysis and Probability; Geometry, Measurement, Numbers and Operations.

When giving the assessment, a student can earn a full point if the answer the question correctly. Each question has an adapted method for students who may need extra support. If you give the student the adapted part for that question and they answered correctly, it is considered a half of point and not a full point when you score the test. You can give all of the adapted questions or just when you student needs that question adapted. I had one student with autism that I used the adapted questions on and off throughout the test. If the student does not answer the question, then they do not receive the point and get a zero. The ceiling is when the student gives five incorrect answers in a row for that subtest. 

Giving the test:
I gave the test to each of my students individually. I gave one subtest at a time and when I completed that subtest with all of my students, I moved onto the next subtest. It took me about a week to give this test to 5 students. The first time giving a subtest it took up more time. After giving a subtest once or twice, I was able to cruise through it. Kind of like any test, the first time you are getting use to it and it takes you a little bit longer. The last subtest, Numbers and Operations, is the longest and took up the most time.

After giving the test:
Ablenet has a members only online site you get access to for free when you purchase the Equals program. You are able to score test online and the results are there for you. You will need to save it to you computer as you cannot save it online.

The results: 
The end report will include the chapter placement that is suggested you start your student at. The scores are automatically sorted into the order of lessons. You will be able to see skill gaps and strength areas. You can also look back at the assessment and see how well your student did on the test and pace your instruction on it.  

The assessment did take a lengthy period of time to complete. That being said, after giving the test once, I have all my materials gathered and in a bin so the next time I give the assessment it will be ready to go. Also, I am familiar with the test and it should go smoother when I do give it again. 

When you begin teaching the curriculum, each chapter section does have an assessment that you can give as well, so that is nice to help monitor progress along the way.  

I did take more photos but for some reason I cannot find them- When I return from spring break next week, I will add them in. I would love to hear from you if you have used this or are starting to use this. It would be great to connect with someone. 

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