Assessment is crucial to effective teaching.

Assessment allows teachers to engage each child in the learning experience at his/her own level.

Interview and performance tasks and ongoing, observation forms of assessment are useful ways of assessing young children's mathematical learning.

The items on the DMA are research-based and can be related to SLO (Student Learning Outcomes).

The DMA has several purposes: 

  To assess the important math concepts and skills needed to be successful at a grade level.

• To gain insight into how effectively teachers are teaching and students are learning.

  To improve instruction and determine plans for individual students. 

  To model a framework of early number concepts.

  To monitor annual yearly progress in number concepts

  To facilitate communication between teachers and parents so parents feel more informed about their student’s strengths and needs in mathematics.