There are many types of math assessments. Informally, many teachers
design their own math tests to determine how their students are
performing in areas related to the classroom curriculum. A teacher may
design a test each week to measure her students' recall or recognition of basic fact. You may have heard your child talk about a math-minute or Around the World, a flashcard game, both which quickly assess a student's progress in math skills. Or a teacher may use a math skills worksheet or design a
test to measure her students' ability to accurately calculate the answer to a four-digit subtraction problem with regrouping using the rules they were taught in class.
There are also many criterion-referenced
tests designed to measure students' attainment of various math skills. For example, a first grade teacher may use a
criterion-referenced test to measure her students' knowledge of the basic addition or subtraction. She likely administers this test a few times over
the course of the school year to measure her students' progress
learning the basic facts with automaticity.
More formal instruments called norm-referenced
tests are used to measure students' progress compared to other students
across the nation in their grade and at their age level on various
academic tasks and skills in math. For example, a third grader may
be asked to complete several math problems of various kinds including word problems which are determined to be
appropriate for students in third grade. If the child is able to accurately complete
all the problems, she is performing at her grade level on this math
Examples of the various kinds of math tests are listed below.