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Our earliest learners need a strong foundation to set them on a path for success. From learning to count to understanding concepts of print, the tools used in the classroom must be designed with an understanding of how K-2 students learn and provide a way for teachers to meet students where they are and help them grow. As students learn the basic skills of literacy, numeracy, collaboration, and critical thinking, teachers need effective ways to check on their student’s progress and adjust instruction to support each child’s unique needs.
Our team understand assessment. As educators and content specialists we have designed some of the nation’s leading tests and we use our experience to design solutions that help educators build a bridge between curriculum, instruction, and assessments.
Traditional K-2 assessments are paper and pencil-based, taking valuable instructional time to administer and requiring teachers to read the prompts to individual students or to the whole class. The new CenterPoint K-2 interims were designed to be computer-based. Online assessment has advantages over paper and pencil tests that are especially helpful for teachers of early learners who need a way to authentically test the standards. Teachers appreciate the engaging content and the fact that the assessments were designed with audio cues and graphics so that students’ reading levels are not a barrier to assessment.
Simple mathematics concepts are introduced early in life and are the building blocks to understanding mathematics as children progress through their education. Developed by mathematics experts, the CenterPoint K-2 mathematics interims measure comprehension of early numeracy, number sense, patterns, and adding and subtracting, along with fluency. The interims help ensure students are on track to succeed in successive grade levels by assessing the foundational skills and knowledge they need to build on their learning in mathematics and meet the standards as they continue to grow.
As soon children can speak, they start to develop their understanding of language, starting with phonemic awareness and phonics. The new CenterPoint ELA K-2 interims help educators learn more about a student’s foundational skills, starting with understanding concepts of print. The concepts of print assessments incorporate rich, authentic texts, and measures a student’s knowledge across six claims (book knowledge, directionality, one-to-one match, letter names and sounds, word knowledge, and sentence knowledge). As the student progresses through the grades, the assessment builds on the foundational knowledge and assesses reading comprehension and written expression to help teachers prepare each student for literacy success.