ERIC Number: EJ1171173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing a Multi-Dimensional Early Elementary Mathematics Screener and Diagnostic Tool: The Primary Mathematics Assessment
Brendefur, Jonathan L.; Johnson, Evelyn S.; Thiede, Keith W.; Strother, Sam; Severson, Herb H.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v46 n2 p153-157 Mar 2018
There is a critical need to identify primary level students experiencing difficulties in mathematics to provide immediate and targeted instruction that remediates their deficits. However, most early math screening instruments focus only on the concept of number, resulting in inadequate and incomplete information for teachers to design intervention efforts. We propose a mathematics assessment that screens and provides diagnostic information in six domains that are important to building a strong foundation in mathematics. This article describes the conceptual framework and psychometric qualities of a web-based assessment tool, the Primary Math Assessment (PMA). The PMA includes a screener to identify students at risk for poor math outcomes and a diagnostic tool to provide a more in-depth profile of children's specific strengths and weaknesses in mathematics. The PMA allows teachers and school personnel to make better instructional decisions by providing more targeted analyses.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Screening Tests, Mathematics Tests, At Risk Students, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Psychometrics, Web Based Instruction, Diagnostic Tests, Mathematics Skills, Response to Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R42HD07552301A1