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Assessment—it’s been a hot topic the past decade. It is a vital component of any instructional program—it provides feedback on students’ learning, on the depth and flexibility of their mathematical knowledge, and on the effectiveness of your instruction. AssessMath! was created to offer teachers a powerful software tool for creating a balanced mathematics assessment program.

Designed by Learning in Motion and the Freudenthal Institute, a renowned international center for mathematics and science education based in the Netherlands, AssessMath! is an innovative new database that allows teachers to customize tests to meet the needs of particular students and curriculum goals. Over 1,000 high quality mathematics tasks in grades k-8 are available. And, because of the complexity of the tasks, they can also be used for classroom practice or portfolio examples.

The items in the database have been drawn from many sources, including standard K-8 mathematics curricula in the U.S. and researched items from the Freudenthal Institute. Many of these imaginative and innovative problems have been made available to educators in the U.S. for the first time in AssessMath!. The initial database contains over a thousand items, but the program allows new problems to be added, or existing ones to be modified.

Selecting criteria for your test questions

You can set specific criteria which are used to select problems aligned with your teaching and learning goals. There are six different criteria you can set: grade level, mathematical content, level of difficulty, item format, use of context, and time.

Searching the database by grade level and content

As you select values for each of the criteria, the program immediately displays all the items that meet your specifications.

AssessMath! includes problems from all major content areas in K-8 mathematics, as well as several more advanced topics. The central content strands include: number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability, discrete mathematics, and integrated mathematics. Selected problems have also been included from trigonometry and calculus.

Customizing mathematical content for tests

The content list shown above contains major content strands,
such as Number, and a list of indented subcategories beneath. Here, selected items test number sense and estimation.

AssessMath! was created to serve teachers from Kindergarten through middle school. The database includes more than 150 items for each grade level from 1st through 8th grade. The kindergarten level includes both formal test items as well as many specially designed items for young students that rely on pictures and oral delivery. The program contains many test items that span both middle and high school, thus allowing you to serve the needs of advanced middle school classes.

AssessMath! offers tasks at multiple levels of difficulty, ranging from basic skills and computations, to challenging open-ended questions. The fact that you can select problems from all levels of mathematical thinking and combine them into one test, means that you can carry out a more detailed assessment of what your students can and cannot do at a given time.

Three difficulty levels of math problems

From single-answer to extended-response to multi-stage projects, AssessMath! offers eleven different formats for the items in the database, providing a great deal of flexibility in designing assessments.

Mathematical problems differ as to whether they are embedded in a context. While traditional testing has emphasized pure computation, these types of noncontextual problems only make up a quarter of those in the database. Another quarter of the problems in the database have nonessential contexts, i.e., a context is used but the details of the situation are not essential to solving the problem. More than half of the problems in the AssessMath! database have an essential context—real-world situations where a student must understand and interpret the context to solve the problem. Since an important goal of mathematics teaching is to develop students who are able to use their mathematical knowledge in a variety of contexts, problems whose contexts are essential are emphasized in AssessMath!.

Sample  Math Problem

Sample problem: Grade Level, Mathematical Content, Level of Difficulty, Item Format, Use of Context, and Time criteria are displayed in the lower window. (Click here to see more sample test questions.)

Editing items, adding items, and changing criteria

It is very simple to make changes to existing items in the database, their associated criteria, and the solution. Items can also be added to the database and accompanying graphics can be inserted. AssessMath! also contains a paintbrush program which allows you to create an image.

Viewing and editing your test

The View Test window allows tests to be previewed and edited before printing. Formatting can be refined by changing font, fontsize, font style, and paragraph alignment.

View Customized Math Test

Request a report

Once a test is created, the software can check the balance of content, skills, and levels of thinking represented to assure that an appropriate variety is included. You can add more than one test to the report in order to receive information on a combination of tests.

View test for balance of content, skills, and levels of thinking

AssessMath! is a powerful tool for the individual teacher, but it can also serve as a shared resource within a single school or district. It is a resource that is intended to grow, and to make an on-going contribution to a balanced program of instruction and assessment in mathematics.

See AssessMath! in action! View an example text, an answer key, and a report.