Asking students to demonstrate development of mathematics knowledge and skills is essential in the learning process and indicates whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment information affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, and curriculum.
Often called assessment for learning, formative assessment provides ongoing feedback between the teacher and student to improve teaching and learning. Assessment for learning helps students identify their strengths, weaknesses, and target areas for further learning. It also helps teachers recognize where students are struggling so they can address the problem immediately.
One example of diagnostic formative assessment for Pre-K to Grade 5 is the Early Mathematics Diagnostic Interview (EMDI) tool. Through this assessment educators can identify strengths and challenges for students leading to appropriate interventions and supports. The EMDI tool can be found here.
Accountability and State Assessment
The Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) provides information about the academic progress of students, schools and the state as a whole.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) & International Assessment
Maine DOE National & International Assessments Webpage: Information regarding Maine’s results, test administration, professional development & training, as well supports and resources.
The National Center for Education Statistics: See the results of the latest administration of the NAEP Mathematics Assessment, as well as additional resources supporting mathematics.