Mathematics Assessment Resources

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Resources related to preparing for and administering assessments in mathematics can be found below.

Virginia's College & Career Ready Mathematics Performance Expectations

Mathematics Performance Expectations define the level of achievement students must reach to be academically prepared for success in entry-level credit-bearing college courses. The expectations were developed through the College & Career Readiness Initiative – a process that involved faculty from Virginia's two- and four-year colleges and universities, members of the business community and high school educators.

Assessment Tools & Resources

  • Bridging for Math Strength Resources - These resources, created in partnership with George Mason University, the VDOE, and a group of Virginia teachers and specialists provide strength-based formative assessment tools and instructional modules to support K-8 mathematics instruction. These materials will assist educators in bridging prior concepts to new concepts, serve as a tool to help identify students' strengths, and provide strategies to advance mathematical learning through engaging bridging activities (i.e., routines, tasks and games).
  • Just in Time Mathematics Quick Checks – These formative assessments align to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL). These resources, developed by Virginia teachers and mathematics leaders, are designed to help teachers identify students with unfinished learning and assist in planning instruction to fill potential gaps “just in time.” As new content is introduced throughout the school year, teachers can use these Quick Checks to identify and diagnose unfinished learning at grade level and/or to assess understanding of prerequisite knowledge that may be needed to access grade level content. Student gaps in mathematics understanding exist for a variety of reasons and these resources can be used to help get student mathematical learning back on track.
  • Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program - A multi-dimensional kindergarten readiness assessment that complements the existing assessment of students’ literacy skills, using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), with assessments of students’ early mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills.
    • The purpose of the VKRP is for school divisions and the Commonwealth to have a more comprehensive understanding of students’ critical school readiness skills at kindergarten entry. Schools, divisions, and state leaders can use readiness data to prioritize individual student needs and target programs, resources, and professional development opportunities for teachers.
    • In 2018, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that requires all kindergarten students be assessed using the VKRP by the end of the 2019-2020 school year and annually thereafter (HB5002, Item 128, H.).
  • Ancillary Test Materials – Ancillary test materials include mathematics formula sheets for grades 6-8 and End-of-course Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II; the Table of Standard Normal Probabilities (z-table); sample grid paper; and Chemistry Periodic Table of the Elements.
  • Desmos Online Calculator and Related Resources – includes links to the Desmos Virginia Four Function Calculator, the Desmos Virginia Scientific Calculator, and the Desmos Virginia Graphing Calculator.
  • Approved Calculators for the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments (Word) – This chart lists the approved calculators for use on the mathematics Standards of Learning assessments, listed by grade level.
  • Computer Adaptive Testing – Includes Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) informational videos and resources
  • SOL Performance Analysis Presentations - Provides examples of SOL content identified by an analysis of statewide results on SOL tests to determine specific content for which overall student performance was weak or inconsistent
  • SOL Practice Items in TestNav 8 - provide examples of the content aligned to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and opportunities to practice with the online tools and features that are available in TestNav 8 during online SOL testing.