Frequently Asked Questions

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 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?



Question 2 - What is a Number Development Assessment (or an NDA)?    [Parent Guides for NDA]

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
Developmental Levels
 Grade Level Goal
 0 Grade 4K (No number sense)
 1 Grade 4K to K (Student knows numbers 1-20)
 2Grade 4K to K (Student knows numbers 1-30)
 3Grade K to 1 (Student knows numbers 1-100) 
 4Grade 1 to 2 (Student knows numbers 1-200) 
 5Grade 1 to 2 (Student knows numbers 1-1000) 
 6Grade 3 (Student knows numbers 1-10,000) 
Click Here to see the parent guides for the NDA assessments.  The Developmental Levels for each sub-skill is explained more thoroughly in the parent guides.



Question 3 - What is a Fact Fluency Interview (or FFI)?     [Parent Guides for FFI]
 
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.
 
 

End-of-Year
Grade Level Goal

Fact Fluency Interview (FFI) Level#

Kindergarten (K)

Addition (+) Level 3b (Fluent with addition within 5), and
Subtraction (-) Level 3 (Fluent with subtraction within 5)

First (1)

Addition (+) Level 4 (Fluent with addition within 10)

Second (2)

Addition (+) Level 5 (Fluent with addition within 20), and
Subtraction (-) Level 5 (Fluent with subtraction within 10)

Third (3)

Subtraction (-) Level 7 (Fluent with subtraction within 20) and 

Multiplication/Division (* or /) level 9 (Fluent with mixed multiplication within 100)

Fourth (4)

Multiplication/Division (* or /) Level 10 (Fluent with some division within 100)

 Fifth (5)

 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]

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.

Question 5 - What is Star Enterprise Testing?

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.


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Jason Kuehl,
Dec 17, 2013, 8:56 AM