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Posted Mar 31, 2003 at 3:42:26 PM
Subject: Informal Math assessment needed

You all were so helpful on the Reading board. I have a student that I need to begin tutoring. Are there any informal assessment tools online that I could print to determine his strengths/weaknesses, grade and skill level? If not, I have an end of the year 4th grade test I can give him. Any ideas? He is a 7th grader, but parents say he is way behind. He is reading at around 3-4th grade level. Also, any ideas on books I could use to tutor him? Thanks so much.
Shannon

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Posted:Apr 02, 2003 1:28:34 AM

Aesops Fables, Alice in Wonderland, and Winnie the Pooh are all about fourth or fifth grade.

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Posted:Apr 08, 2003 5:22:18 PM

Shannon,

Something that comes to mind is Saxon Math. If you go to their site, they have online grade placement assessments. I have printed one out and used it before. It would be good as an easy way to determine skills to work on. Saxon math is also very good for kids who are the victims of poor math instruction, so you could order the homeschool version which will give lessons in the teacher manual to go along with the student books. That is what I plan to do next year when I tutor of my students who are behind in math.

Another thing I am considering is to attend the Lindamood-bell workshop called "On Clould Nine Math". I think a child who is truly LD needs good instruction with the right programs and a trained teacher. It could be that this boy is delayed in math because of the reading problems, though.

I did not see your post on the reading board, but I take it that they are going to get tutoring for the reading as well? Are you going to be doing that, too? I'd focus strongly on the reading before tackling the math.

Janis

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Posted:Apr 08, 2003 5:45:04 PM

Thanks Janis. Yes, I am to start tutoring him in Reading, but the parents wanted me to assess where he is in Math also. I have not done the Math assess. yet. I will check out that Saxon site. I am very familiar with the SRA Math Concepts Direct Instruction series. It is so expensive. I was looking for some less expensive materials that are geared toward repetition, review, basic skills and yet not Babyish like a 3rd grade Math text or workbook can sometimes be. That is why I like the SRA materials. Perhaps I'll have a look on ebay for SRA or Saxon. Any other suggestions welcome.

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Posted:Apr 08, 2003 6:06:31 PM

Shannon, what will you be using for reading?

I have also been looking on Ebay for the Saxon math (and other educational materials). The problem is that people sell the manuals and not the workbooks. Plus you have to be sure the manual will go with the current new workbooks as there are different editions. The best deal I have found on buying Saxon materials new is here:

http://www.smartalecbooks.com/

It would be great if you could find the SRA used, too. I haven't used the math, but SRA has many good direct instruction products. Might be a good investment if you plan to tutor long term, though. I am almost addicted to looking for materials on Ebay. I hope we don't accidentally end up bidding against each other! Lol!

Janis

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Posted:Apr 14, 2003 1:28:03 PM

Hello!

Our district uses Saxon Math and I have found the placement test to be accurate, but it pretty much goes along with just the Saxon program.

I found something else I like even better. It's from a company called Options Publishing in NH. The assessment is Math Achievement Predictors and it's very useable for placement, diagnosis, and evaluation. I only have up to 3rd grade so I can't send you anything. But here's an 800# you can try along with a website. 1-800-782-7300. www.optionspublishing.com. Good luck!

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Posted:Apr 02, 2003 1:28:34 AM

Aesops Fables, Alice in Wonderland, and Winnie the Pooh are all about fourth or fifth grade.

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Posted:Apr 08, 2003 5:22:18 PM

Shannon,

Something that comes to mind is Saxon Math. If you go to their site, they have online grade placement assessments. I have printed one out and used it before. It would be good as an easy way to determine skills to work on. Saxon math is also very good for kids who are the victims of poor math instruction, so you could order the homeschool version which will give lessons in the teacher manual to go along with the student books. That is what I plan to do next year when I tutor of my students who are behind in math.

Another thing I am considering is to attend the Lindamood-bell workshop called "On Clould Nine Math". I think a child who is truly LD needs good instruction with the right programs and a trained teacher. It could be that this boy is delayed in math because of the reading problems, though.

I did not see your post on the reading board, but I take it that they are going to get tutoring for the reading as well? Are you going to be doing that, too? I'd focus strongly on the reading before tackling the math.

Janis

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Posted:Apr 08, 2003 5:45:04 PM

Thanks Janis. Yes, I am to start tutoring him in Reading, but the parents wanted me to assess where he is in Math also. I have not done the Math assess. yet. I will check out that Saxon site. I am very familiar with the SRA Math Concepts Direct Instruction series. It is so expensive. I was looking for some less expensive materials that are geared toward repetition, review, basic skills and yet not Babyish like a 3rd grade Math text or workbook can sometimes be. That is why I like the SRA materials. Perhaps I'll have a look on ebay for SRA or Saxon. Any other suggestions welcome.

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Posted:Apr 08, 2003 6:06:31 PM

Shannon, what will you be using for reading?

I have also been looking on Ebay for the Saxon math (and other educational materials). The problem is that people sell the manuals and not the workbooks. Plus you have to be sure the manual will go with the current new workbooks as there are different editions. The best deal I have found on buying Saxon materials new is here:

http://www.smartalecbooks.com/

It would be great if you could find the SRA used, too. I haven't used the math, but SRA has many good direct instruction products. Might be a good investment if you plan to tutor long term, though. I am almost addicted to looking for materials on Ebay. I hope we don't accidentally end up bidding against each other! Lol!

Janis

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Posted:Apr 14, 2003 1:28:03 PM

Hello!

Our district uses Saxon Math and I have found the placement test to be accurate, but it pretty much goes along with just the Saxon program.

I found something else I like even better. It's from a company called Options Publishing in NH. The assessment is Math Achievement Predictors and it's very useable for placement, diagnosis, and evaluation. I only have up to 3rd grade so I can't send you anything. But here's an 800# you can try along with a website. 1-800-782-7300. www.optionspublishing.com. Good luck!

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