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.