Frequently Asked Questions
| 1|| Why does the math my child brings home looks different from the math I remember?|
| 2|| What is a Number Development Assessment (NDA)?|
| 3|| What is a Fact Fluency Interview (FFI)?|
| 4|| What is MAPS Testing?|
| 5|| What is Star Enterprise Testing?|
Question 1 - Why does the math my child brings home looks different from the math I remember?
A Number Development Assessment (also called an NDA) is a three-part assessment on a student's number sense and additive/subtractive tasks. NDA part 1 assesses the student's number sense from developmental level 0-6 on various skills such as counting forward and backward. A student at level 6 knows numbers in the thousands place. Most students will be a level 6 by second or third grade. At Hillcrest, a student will complete NDA Part 1 assessments every trimester from grade pK-2. A student's NDA part 1 levels will continue to be tracked at Olga Brener Intermediate if the student has not reached level 6 in each subtest by the end of second grade.
NDA part 2 assesses a student's additive and subtractive tasks. NDA part 3 assesses a student's 1s and 10s strategies. A grade 2 student will complete NDA Part 2 & 3 assessments every trimester as well as the NDA part 1 assessments.
Usually only one of the parts is assessed at a time, but all three assessments can be done at any time. The NDA levels for each student are tracked in a database to help monitor student growth.
|NDA Part 1|
| Grade Level Goal|
| 0|| Grade 4K (No number sense)|
| 1|| Grade 4K to K (Student knows numbers 1-20)|
| 2||Grade 4K to K (Student knows numbers 1-30)|
| 3||Grade K to 1 (Student knows numbers 1-100) |
| 4||Grade 1 to 2 (Student knows numbers 1-200) |
| 5||Grade 1 to 2 (Student knows numbers 1-1000) |
| 6||Grade 3 (Student knows numbers 1-10,000) |
to see the parent guides for the NDA assessments. The Developmental Levels for each sub-skill is explained more thoroughly in the parent guides.
A Fact Fluency Interview (Also called an FFI) is an assessment of a student's understanding and fluency of basic math facts. The interviews can assess addition, subtraction, and multiplication/division. At Hillcrest, a student will complete both the addition and subtraction FFI every trimester. At Olga Brener, third grade students complete both the addition and subtraction FFI every trimester. All students grades 3-5 will complete the multiplication/division FFI every trimester, sometimes even more frequently (Exception: third grade students do not start taking the multiplication/division FFI until trimester 2). The FFI levels for each student are tracked in a database to help monitor student growth.
Grade Level Goal
Fact Fluency Interview (FFI) Level#
Addition (+) Level 3b (Fluent with addition within 5), and
Subtraction (-) Level 3 (Fluent with subtraction within 5)
Addition (+) Level 4 (Fluent with addition within 10)
Addition (+) Level 5 (Fluent with addition within 20), and
Subtraction (-) Level 5 (Fluent with subtraction within 10)
Subtraction (-) Level 7 (Fluent with subtraction within 20) and
Multiplication/Division (* or /) level 9 (Fluent with mixed multiplication within 100)
Multiplication/Division (* or /) Level 10 (Fluent with some division within 100)
Multiplication/Division (* or /) Level 11 (fluent with division within 100)
#The level numbers for the FFI assessments are not sequential because the number corresponds to the math developmental level for a student. For
example, the subtraction FFI levels are 2 (Student does not understand subtraction, level 3 (Student knows subtraction facts within 5), level 5 (Student
knows subtraction facts within 10), and level 7 (Student know subtraction facts within 20). There is no level 1 or level 4 or level 6 associated with
the subtraction FFI assessment. Click Here
to see the parent guides for the FFI assessments.
Question 4 - What is MAPS Testing? [MAPS is no longer used as of 2014]
Question 5 - What is Star Enterprise Testing?
This is the computer standardized test a student takes in the fall and spring of each school year. The data helps track student growth over time in language, math, and reading. Click on the "RIT Reference Chart - Math.pdf" file below to help better understand your student's score. The MAPS Testing ended in the 2013-2014 school year. The Star Enterprise Testing is replacing MAPS (See question 5).
Click here to go to the official NWEA MAPs testing site for more information.
This is the computer standardized test a student takes in the fall, winter and spring of each school year (Sometimes even more frequently). The tests (Math, Reading and Early Literacy) are used as a universal screener for students. The Star Enterprise Testing is replacing MAPS Testing (See question 4) starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The data helps track student growth over time in early literacy, reading and math. Each test should take a student about 30 minutes to take, but maybe slightly shorter or longer depending on the student.
Click here to go to the official Star Enterprise testing site for more information.