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diagnostic tests

Discussion in 'Primary' started by sallysparrow, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. does anyone use diagnostic tests for maths at their school
    Just been on a numicon course where they advocate using a diagnostic test before and after the numicon intervention. As a primary maths specialist i have never used such a test for maths. I have used them for English, to test for dyslexia and so on but not for maths.
    If anyone has used one that they thought was good / easy to administer - or alternatively - anyone you has used a really poor one - i'd like to hear about it.
  2. Clevercrocodiles

    Clevercrocodiles New commenter

    I work in an infant school and I do not think we use anything like that. Although we were given a 'test' to do with all children by the maths coordinator, numbers and problem solving for rec, year 1 and 2, about 8 questions each. We were told to do them with children, not allowing any intervention and then to repeat these at the end of the year to check progress. I have to say that I could have told her which children would know what and to be frank was a complete waste of my and ta's time. Came from a local authority course and we also spent two staff meetings looking at 'how we teach maths' to write up and put in policy, seen nothing of it since. Much better to have parents in and talk to them and demonstrate.
  3. carriecat10

    carriecat10 Established commenter Community helper

    The Closing the Gap with Numicon intervention comes with diagnostic materials if you buy the package. This is different from just purchasing the CtGwN folder, so don't confuse the two!
    Depending on the age/ability of the children you wish to assess there are various diagnostic assessments/tests out there including NfER, Sandwell Early Numeracy Test and BEAM also do some.
    Most maths interventions that I have come across come with some sort of diagnostic test to enable you to measure progress. The problem is that some are better than others.
    For children up to Y3 I would recommend the Sandwell Test, but that's a personal choice.
    Carrie [​IMG]
  4. Thanks for you comments Carrie
    We have bourght the close the gap from numicon and as you say numicon comes with an assessment but on the training that i did, we were advised to use a diagnostice test from one of the other sources. Sandwell was mentioned.
    However, while i have used diagnostic tests for english at many schools far fewer it appears, use them for maths so i am looking for recommendations really before i go ahead and purchase one.
  5. when researching dyscalculia resources came across two books by ronit bird on amazone recommended by teachers they were linked on amazon to an assessment book by someone else not sure how good it is but worth a look and maybe could then ask about a specific resource on here

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