Identify and close learning gaps in Math with A+ Interactive Math’s Adaptive Placement Tests and Lesson Plans!
With my history as a public school teacher, I do love a good test. Now, wait – notice I said, “GOOD TEST.” To me, a GOOD TEST is one that really does let me know where my child stands in regards to my goals for her learning. A good test is one that is quick to complete, easy to administer, and gives accurate and helpful results that I can easily understand without having a Master’s degree (I do actually have one) or special training. It is one that I can use from the convenience of my own home, and in my own timing. It is adaptive to my child’s level of understanding. A good test challenges her knowledge yet doesn’t push her beyond her frustration level. Finally, such a test doesn’t intimidate her or cause her to feel stupid when she doesn’t know an answer.
Many homeschoolers live in a state that requires standardized testing. I do – in North Carolina we are required to have our child take standardized achievement test every year, and keep those records on file. Personally, I don’t mind. I like seeing Laynie’s growth from year to year, and I even had her tested the year before we were required by law to do so! I did it so that my first year, I would have a record of how much she had learned since the year before.
But, I don’t test often throughout the year. The curriculum we use does include paper tests periodically throughout her lessons, but I skip them. I just don’t need them. I assess Laynie’s understanding throughout the year, usually just by watching her learn. I very rarely give her a written test. I just know what she knows and doesn’t, from watching her. However, I do sometimes wonder if there are gaps in her learning. What do I mean by “gaps”? I mean, things that I don’t realize that she doesn’t know yet.
I was privileged to try A Plus Tutor Soft’s recently released “Adaptive Placement Test with Lesson Plan” program. I found it to be very helpful in identifying Laynie’s achievement gaps in Math. Laynie is in 3rd grade this year, and although she frequently scores 2+ grade levels above her peers according to standardized tests, I knew there were still some things she was missing. So I began using the series of placement tests in A+ Interactive Math, and found that there were indeed some skills she was missing! The tests helped me to understand specifically what skills she still needed practice in, and even provided specific, tailored lesson plans to teach those concepts. I loved the fact that these tests and lesson plans helped identify and close those gaps!
Here’s how it works:
- First, the student takes a mini-test for each concept within her grade level.
- Then the program uses the results to create individualized lesson plans for any learning gaps.
- The student completes the lessons and is expected to learn and close the gaps!
Individualized lesson plans include:
- Engaging multimedia that uses audio, visual, and text.
- Interactive review and reteaching if needed
- Worksheets for extra practice, with automatic grading and tracking
- Step-by-step solutions to practice problems
- Various reports to keep track of student progress
Now, here are some FREEBIES!
FREE Math Placement Test – comprehensive program that assesses your child’s current skill level. You have the option to use the results to create an individualized lesson plan for your child’s learning gaps – for a fee of $29.99 (for one student).
FREE 1-month Family Math Package Online – this is a comprehensive math program with access to all grade levels. You can choose up to 10 students, and grade levels are flexible. A+ Math teaches, grades, measures, reviews, and tracks automatically.
FREE “Time” Software ($21.95 value) – Use coupon code Time4Aplus to redeem offer. This program introduces your students to days, weeks, months, and year, seconds, minutes and hours, telling time using analog and digital clocks, duration of time, converting units of time, and about finding and adding elapsed time.