Two types of diagnostic tools are available to K–2 math teachers: a rapid assessment tool and a flexible interview assessment. These tools were developed by Texas A&M University and national early childhood math expert Dr. Herb Ginsberg of Columbia University.
The rapid assessment offers a quick gauge of students' mathematical ability through teacher observation of the given task. The rapid assessment also includes possible interpretations of student thinking, areas to address, and implications for further instruction. The flexible interview technique offers a deeper understanding of student cognitive ability based on underlying research in the area of the questioning strategy. Together these tools add to teacher capabilities at the important early grades and allow educators to more effectively measure a student’s grasp of key math concepts.
The assessments and accompanying materials, which were created as part of the 2008 Math TEKS Connections (MTC) initiative, are available below.
All MTC materials including lessons, Rapid Task Assessments, and Flexible Interview materials are Copyright © Texas Education Agency and Texas A&M University, 2008, and may not be used in any manner inconsistent with the MTC general copyright statement.