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Assessing Mathematical Learning

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to guide teachers to create their own plan for assessing children's understanding of key mathematics concepts. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article "Assessing Mathematical Learning: Observing and Listening to Children" by Juanita V. Copely
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audiences for this are intermediate and advanced teachers. This kit will guide teachers to create their own plan for assessing children's understanding of key mathematics concepts.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is estimated at .75 hour. Implementation time is estimated at 1.5 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will explore the purposes, values, and uses of assessment to determine children's understanding of mathematics concepts.
  2. Teachers will identify and evaluate their current mathematics assessment practices.
  3. Teachers will brainstorm and list a variety of methods for assessing children's understanding of mathematics concepts in each of the 5 areas of mathematics understanding.
  4. Teachers will role-play questioning strategies which will help to improve student responses.
  5. Teachers will list and explain ways to document assessments of children's understanding of mathematics concepts.
  6. Teachers will create a mathematics assessment plan for their classroom.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • 2.A.05, 4.A.03, 2.F.02, and 2.F.05 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria (2005), www.naeyc.org.
  • 1 and 3 of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (2003), www.naeyc.org.
  • 1304.21(a)(1)(i) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215), www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/.
  • E1, E2, E3, E4, and E5 of the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, National Association of Child Care Professionals (2005), www.naccp.org.


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