The new Math Diagnostic Tests (DTs) are shipping this month! It has been a long wait, and now the time has arrived to start utilizing them in the center. You have heard about the math DTs before but are you ready to start using them?
Step 1: Choose the right test. As always, it is important the students are taking the right test. Students should take the DT that they will confident taking. Show the test to the student before beginning to see if it is information that they are familiar with. In general, in June through December students should take the test of the grade that they finished. If it is January through May, students should start with the current grade DT. Students should not make any mistakes on the first page. If this is the case, they will need to take a DT of the grade lower.
Step 2: Begin test. Parents should not be in the room for the DT. During testing time, parents can review the enrollment paperwork and program orientation material. The person administering the test needs to have the appropriate information pulled up on their tablet. First find the student you are looking for. Most likely this will mean filtering by leads or simply type the name of the student you want to find. When you find that student click the three yellow dots.
Start the DT by clicking on the word DT, choosing the subject and the test that you want. When the student is ready to begin, remember to start the timer.
Step 3: Taking the test. As the student is taking the test, it will be graded immediately. Check the box of any problem that is incorrect. Swipe right, or click the number, to skip the question. When time is up, click on the number of the last problem and choose the option, “End here and skip all the following.” The remaining questions will turn pink and you can move to the next section. Remember to start the timer for each section. The timer is only there is a guide for the Word Problems and the CTM questions as well as the entire middle school test. The students can take more time if needed.
Step 4: Finishing the test. When the student is done with all three sections, check any observations that were made. When you submit the observations, the results will pop up. Be sure to save the number of booklets the student will complete each week before moving to the next section. You must type a comment to save the report. You can view the report on the mobile device (you must allow pop up ads) or on a desktop (the most recent test will be at the top of the list).
Step 5: Parent Consultation. Show the parents the DT result report. This will have great talking points. It will talk about the speed and accuracy, give the starting point, mention upcoming topics, and the projected progress for two years at Eye Level. These are all things that parents want to hear about.
*Special Case*. The paper Kindergarten test is actually four separate tests as you can tell when using Key and Manager. We cannot run the K3 because we do not offer Play Math. The suggestion is to run the K4 for preschoolers and in the beginning of Kindergarten, run the K5 for students in kindergarten, and the K6 for when the student finishes Kindergarten and the beginning of first grade. Look for the colored circles on the side of the pages to know which page to administer for each test.
So, are you ready? The excitement is buzzing about using the new Math Diagnostic Tests (DTs) and utilizing Key and Manager in the process. If you have any questions, feel to contact the math specialist Jennifer Magrogan at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.