In order to facilitate and ensure math skill mastery, it is important to assess, remediate, and monitor math progress. This article describes how to use Evan-Moor math products to assess, remediate, and monitor math progress. I received a copy of Math Fundamentals grade 2 and 5 in exchange for writing about my experiences with Evan-Moor math products.
How to Ensure Math Skill Mastery Using Evan Moor Math to Assess, Remediate, and Monitor Student Progress
Evan-Moor’s Daily Math Practice books provide just enough practice for review and mastery of grade level content. CLICK HERE to read my full review of Daily Math Practice. This same product can be used to assess and monitor math progress. Monitoring math progress and remediating skills as needed will ensure a child’s mastery of math concepts. CLICK HERE to buy Daily Math Practice on Evan-Moor’s website.
Step 1: Keep records of Student Accuracy
I like to use the Student Record Form from Daily Reading Comprehension to record Daily Math Practice Scores and make notes about errors. You could also create your own daily record sheet.
Daily Reading Comprehension is a product I use and highly recommend. CLICK HERE to read about 4 uses for Daily Reading Comprehension.
Here is my child’s Student Record Sheet for the first 5 1/2 weeks of using Evan-Moor Math. I recorded the number of correctly answered problems each day and then made notes on what was missed.
Here is a close-up (please forgive my sloppy handwriting) so you can see the types of notes I take.
Step 2: Chart Student Progress on the Skills Scope & Sequence Chart
You will find the Skills Scope & Sequence chart near the beginning of your Daily Math Practice book. Print out this chart and use it to document the child’s weekly accuracy.
At the end of each week, I transfer information I recorded from my Daily Math Practice notes to the Skills Scope & Sequence Chart. I use green for skill accuracy and red for areas of difficulty.
Step 3: Analyze areas of difficulty
Look at the areas of difficulty (on my chart I marked these in red) and determine if any area needs remediation. For example, sometimes a child will miss a problem due to minor calculation error. This type of error probably does not need remediation. If the child has been taught the skill, but consistently misses the problem, the skill area needs to be revisited. If the missed area has not been covered yet in the core math instruction, extra review is not yet necessary.
In week 3, my child made a multi-digit calculation error. As he correctly answered the same type of problem in future weeks, this skill does not need remediation.
In the skill area of Operations and Algebraic Thinking, mutistep word problems seem to be a hit or miss. This is an area I am going to remediate with more frequent word problem practice.
Although my child has covered coordinate grids in the past, he did not remember how to complete the problem in week 5. In the 5th grade Math Fundamentals book, I noticed coordinate grids would be covered the following week. I did not need to add in anything extra to remediate this skill.
Step 4: Teach or Review Skills as Needed
Based on your analysis of the Skills Scope & Sequence Chart, teach or reteach skills that you determined needed remediation. The following books may be helpful in teaching and reviewing skills:
Math Fundamentals is my go-to book for teaching or reteaching grade level math skills. This is the first book I consider when remediating math skills. CLICK HERE to read my review of Math Fundamentals
Daily Word Problems
The Math Fundamentals books include sections that will help a child learn to solve word problems. If the child needs additional practice rather than instruction, I add in Daily Word Problems to our math routine.
Building Math Fluency
Building Math Fluency teaches computation strategies that will help build the child’s math fact and computation fluency. Practice pages, tests, and flashcards are also included in this book.
The first area I decided to remediate was symmetry. We had covered symmetry in our previous math program and I expected my child to be able to answer the question correctly. The asterisk indicates that symmetry is not covered in our current math level (5th grade), so I pulled the symmetry instruction pages from the 4th grade Math Fundamentals book to reteach this skill.
Step 5: Monitor Math Progress
Continue to keep track student progress. If a skill was retaught, play close attention to the student’s ability to use that skill when it appears again in the Daily Math Practice book. Review your data regularly to determine if any skills need remediation.
In the area of “Operations and Algebraic Thinking” I have already determined that word problems are an area of need. My child also has had errors in the skill areas of “equations and variables” and “patterns.” I need more data before determining if remediation is necessary. I will continue to carefully watch these skill areas for a few more weeks.
We retaught symmetry skills during week 3. The reteaching worked as he correctly answered the symmetry problem in week 4!
Conclusion on How to Assess, Remediate and Monitor Math Progress
Frequent review and practice are important for mastering math skills. In addition, assessing, remediating, and monitoring a child’s math skills using Evan-Moor math products will ensure grade-level content mastery.
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