“What might happen if students were … at the heart of the assessment process, using goals and results to fuel their own learning? What if they were more assessment capable?” (Absolum et al., 2009)
Years ago, the Island Numeracy Network wrote the Diagnostic Mathematics Assessment (DMA) which was used all over the province. Over the years, the assessment was updated to meet changing learning outcomes in BC Ministry Curriculum. The purpose of the assessment was to provide teachers in our province with an effective assessment of student content-knowledge. Important to us all, the DMA was written by teachers for teachers.
Our new assessment, the Island Numeracy Assessment, or INA, was developed to align numeracy assessment practices with current numeracy learning expectations of BC students. Our team met over a span of two years to prepare this assessment. The project grew from rigorous study of BC’s Curricular Competencies.
The design offers comprehensive, ongoing assessment of student thinking and learning. It is our hope that teachers will use the assessment tool to inform instructional decisions and help students become aware of their current level of understanding in mathematics; actively monitoring their own learning.
- How the INA reflects our changing beliefs and practices
- Eight research-based essential mathematical practices in student-friendly language from Standards for Mathematical Practice, NCTM 2014
- INN posters to help teachers assess through curricular competencies: K-5 | 6-9
- What ideas and resources inform the assessment design?
- Next Steps ~ Recommended Resources for Cultivating Curiosity and Competencies
About the Assessments
- Flexibile Uses – there are many ways the assessments can be used. They are NOT just summative assessments to be used for each grade. Here is a summary of some ways they can be used by classroom teachers: INA in the classroom.
- Assessment Components and Structure
- How to administer the assessment
Assessment Pages by Grade
End of grade 3, Beginning Grade 4
Fin de la 3é année, début de la 4é année
End of grade 4, Beginning Grade 5
Fin de la 4é année, debut de la 5é année
End of grade 5, Beginning grade 6
Fin de la 5é année, début de la 6é année
End of grade 6, Beginning grade 7
Fin de la 6é année, début de la 7é année
End of grade 7, Beginning Grade 8
Fin de la 7é année, début de la 8é année