Repeat visitors to my blog know that several different posts since 2009 have explored the topic of screening our youngest students (K-2) through the use of interview assessments rather than waiting until students are proficient at taking multiple choice tests. That led to my sharing on this blog site, and in printed articles in The Oregon Mathematics Teacher (TOMT) magazine, a series of articles that dealt with the topic of interview assessments. After several years of trying out many variations with lots of students at the k-2 level, I was finally able to narrow down to 3 or 4 questions at each grade level that seemed to give the best indicators of students who would struggle in math.
A recent message from Jenny Carloni, a teacher in Roseburg, Oregon has me devoting yet another entry to this topic.
Hello Ms. Cooke,
I’ve been reading about your screening assessments in TOMT. I have an incoming third grade class. What would you recommend as a good beginning-of-the-year screener to identify their basic mathematical understanding? I’ll appreciate anything you send my way.
Jenny Carloni, 3rd Grade Teacher
In response to Jennifer’s message, I am uploading to this blog the most current versions of my K_2 Screening Assessment.