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Spotlight on Mathematics - December 2015

You've Been Elfed!

The Christmas Elf

Has come to town

to leave some math goodies,

That below can be found.

This month's issue is full of treats and fun

So read to the end until you are done!

Here is a special message for you

That is meant to last the whole year through.

May you share in the joy and season's cheer

With family, friends and neighbors near.

Merry Christmas!

Margo Berish, Math ACL

Upcoming Assessment Windows

PreK-K Math MOY Assessment Window is from January 4 - January 22, 2016.

1st & 2nd Grade Interim 2 Assessment Window is from January 18 - January 22, 2016.

Please see your building testing coordinator for schedules and additional information.

I-Ready MOY Assessment Window Closes December 23rd!

Here are some reports to review:

Class Norms Report: This report tells you each student’s performance (percentile rank) relative to a group of nationally representative i-Ready students who are in the same grade and who took the tests at the same time of year as the student. This report also shows Quantile® measures for each student.

Tips for using this report:

  • For more details about the Quantile® Measure, see the Quantile® Performance Tab on the Student Profile Report.
  • This report can help provide a bridge between normed-based scores and criterion-based scoring found in i-Ready.

Class Profile Report: This report tells you what instructional needs your class has in Math, by overall class, by student and by domain, based on the Diagnostic Assessment. Use it to plan instruction or instructional groupings by looking at domain-specific placements for your students.

Tips for using this report:

  • Use the Student Profile Report if you’d like to get a closer look at an individual student’s performance.
  • Use the color-coded bar graph to give you an idea of which students have the greatest need. You can sort by overall score to gather big picture information, or by domain score to target more specific needs.
  • You can also use the Instructional Grouping Profile to get a more tailored look at some possible differentiated instructional groupings.

Student Profile Report: This report tells you the strengths and areas of need for each of your students in Math, based on the Diagnostic Assessment. Use this report to give you a comprehensive look at a student’s performance on the Diagnostic Assessment and to assess where you should go from here.

Tips for using this report:

  • Use this report when you need detailed information on particular students.
  • Use this report with the Class Profile report and Instructional Grouping Profile report when making instructional decisions.
  • The information in the Developmental Analysis section can be used when writing IEPs for your Special Education students.

Supporting Math with Good Questions

Developing Mathematical Thinking with Effective Questions provides teachers with questions that encourage students to use certain mathematical thought processes when approaching math problems. Questions near the end of the card aid in determining the level of understanding the students have of the math they are working on. Click below to view the questioning card.

Gettin' Digi with It

Are you looking for a way to present materials on your white board?

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) has a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept turtorials, mostly in the form of Java applets.

Check it out:


DEEP SEA DUEL Okta challenges you to a duel! Collect cards with a specified sum, and you win! But you better do it before Okta does! Choose how many cards (9 or 16), what types of numbers (whole numbers or decimals), and Okta’s level of strategy (easy to hard).


Margo Berish, Math ACL