KeyMath™-3 Diagnostic Assessment

KeyMath™-3 Diagnostic Assessment

Description

KeyMath™-3 Diagnostic Assessment is an individually administered measure of essential mathematical concepts and skills. It consists of three linked components: The updated KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment, ASSIST™ Scoring and Reporting Software, and the KeyMath 3 Essential Resources instructional program.

KeyMath™-3 Diagnostic Assessment is an individually administered measure of essential mathematical concepts and skills. It consists of three linked components: The updated KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment, ASSIST™ Scoring and Reporting Software, and the KeyMath 3 Essential Resources instructional program.

Author:

Austin J. Connolly, EdD

Overview:

Individually administered measure of essential mathematical concepts and skills

Age Range:

4:6-21:11; Grades K-12

Administration:

Paper-and-pencil

Scoring Option:

ASSIST™ Software or Manual Scoring

RTI Tiers:

RTI Levels 2 and 3

Completion Time:

30 to 90 minutes

Scores/Interpretation:

Areas and Total Test: Grade-and age-based standard scores (M=100, SD=15), grade and age equivalents, percentile ranks and Growth Scale Values. Subtests: Grade- and age-based scale scores (M=10, SD=3), and grade and age equivalents.

Publication Date:

2007

The KeyMath 3 assessment and instruction system gives you tools to assess and improve math skills of students ages 4½ – 21. This is a comprehensive system consisting of 3 linked components:

  • The updated KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment
  • ASSIST™ Scoring and Reporting Software
  • The new KeyMath 3 Essential Resources instructional program, provides two levels of instruction: Level 1 (K- grade 2) and Level II (grades 3-5/6)

Read about the companion KeyMath-3 Essential Resources.

 

Content

The KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment (KeyMath 3 DA) is a comprehensive, norm-referenced measure of essential mathematical concepts and skills. Like previous versions of the widely used KeyMath assessments this addition to the KeyMath family is untimed and individually administered. However, the KeyMath 3 DA represents a substantial revision in concept and design, including:

  • updated content that extends through factoring and solving algebraic expressions
  • new subtests
  • alignment with national math curriculum standards
  • updated norms and new interpretive reports
  • link to the KeyMath 3 Essential Resources companion instructional program.

The items are grouped into 10 subtests that represent three general math content areas

  • Basic Concepts (conceptual knowledge)
  • Operations (computational skills)
  • Applications (problem solving)

KeyMath 3 DA content covers the full spectrum of math concepts and skills that are typically taught in kindergarten through ninth grade and can be used with individuals aged 4½ through 21 years who are functioning at these instructional levels. It is available in two parallel forms, designated as Form A and Form B, each of which contains 372 full-color test items.

Each area is further divided into subtests (see Table 1 below), with the content of each subtest spanning kindergarten through eighth- or ninth-grade math curricula. The five basic concepts subtests parallel the five content standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Much like the NCTM Focal Points, the content of the basic concepts subtests represents a carefully selected set of concepts and skills at each grade level that form the foundation for mathematics learning and connections across subtests. In addition, the KeyMath 3 assessment places more emphasis on math communication, connections, and reasoning than does the KeyMath Revised version (published in 1988).

Unlike the NCTM standards, which embed math operations in the numeration strand, the KeyMath 3 assessment includes two separate written computation subtests (Addition and Subtraction; Multiplication and Division). Operations skills are fundamental for success in mathematics and are often the source of math learning difficulties. By providing separate measures of operational skills, the KeyMath 3 assessment is able to focus particular attention in this important area.

The two applications subtests assess a student’s ability to apply conceptual knowledge and operational skills to solve math problems. The Foundations of Problem Solving subtest includes items that require students to identify missing elements in a problem, operations needed to solve a problem, and optimal strategies for solving the problem. The Applied Problem Solving subtest presents math problems in real-world contexts and includes items that require standard and nonstandard problem-solving strategies.

Table 1: KeyMath 3 Areas, Subtests, and Item Counts

Area and subtest No. of items
Basic concepts
Numeration
Algebra
Geometry
Measurement
Data Analysis and Probability
49
39
36
40
40
Operations
Mental Computation and Estimation
Written Computation: Addition and Subtraction
Written Computation: Multiplication and Division
40
35
31
Applications
Foundations of Problem Solving
Applied Problem Solving
27
35

 

Sample Items

Sample items from three selected subtests are available for your review; AlgebraMental Computation and Estimation, and Applied Problem Solving. Although these are not actual items from the assessment they are similar to items in the assessment and represent the type of content included in the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment. Content spans first through eighth grade and demonstrates the broad scope of the assessment.

Progress Monitoring

The KeyMath 3 DA has a substantial advantage over its predecessors in that it provides a means of monitoring an individual’s progress over time. It includes two parallel forms (Form A and Form B), which can be administered in alternating sequence every 3 months, as well as growth scale values (GSVs), which are a type of developmental scale score. GSVs enable users to accurately measure progress across the full range of math concepts and skills. The KeyMath–3 DA ASSIST software application can be used to automatically generate a Progress Report, which (a) shows the amount of change across test administrations, (b) indicates whether an individual has made measurable progress, and (c) compares an individual’s growth rate with the average growth rate of the representative population.

Norms

A large sample, consisting of approximately 4,000 individuals representing U.S. demographics by sex, race, socioeconomic status, region, and disability condition, was used to obtain normative data. The norm sample ranges in age from 4 years 5 months through 21 years 11 months. Both age norms and grade (kindergarten – grade 12, fall and spring) norms are available.

View a sample report.

Scores

Several types of norm-referenced scores are provided, including scale and standard scores, percentiles, age and grade equivalents, and growth values.

ASSIST™ System Requirements

Windows XP, Vista & Mac OS only

Technical Information

KeyMath3 DA Publication Summary

Sample Requests

Sample Requests

  • KeyMath™-3 Diagnostic Assessment Overview

    This pre-recorded 20-30 minute session allows you to learn at your leisure. All you need is access to the Internet and the sound enabled on your computer. Please keep in mind that the session may take a few minutes to load.

    Learn about the individually administered measure of essential mathematical concepts and skills.

    Attend a session

Pre-recorded Webinars

  • KeyMath-3 – A General Overview:

    Presenter: Maggie Kjer, PhD & Gloria Maccow, PhD

    This Webinar will last one hour and will go over the basics of the KeyMath-3 Diagnostic Assessment and the KeyMath-3 Essential Resources. It will cover the key benefits and features of the KeyMath-3 Diagnostic Assessment, the ASSIST scoring, reporting and narrative software, and how you can use the KeyMath-3 Essential Resources (math interventions) to develop a customized intervention plan based on an individual student’s strengths and weaknesses.

    Date: Apr 28, 2011

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Questions

Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment

  • I’ve been using the KeyMath Revised/NU for years. Why should I upgrade to the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment?

  • Is the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment aligned with my state standards?

  • How can the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment be used to monitor progress for students struggling in math?

  • How does the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment fit into the new response to intervention (RTI) model?

  • Isn’t the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment for special-education students?

  • How often can I administer the assessment to a student?

  • Can I administer individual subtests?

  • Can I administer individual areas?

  • Why is the administration time so long?

  • How was the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment normed?

  • Can I obtain samples of the assessment items?

  • Is the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment aligned with NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000?

  • Does the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment include a screener?

  • Why does the Diagnostic Assessment specify content through Grade 9? Why that grade and not another?

KeyMath 3 ASSIST Scoring and Reporting Software

  • When will the KeyMath 3 ASSIST Scoring and Reporting Software be available?

  • Why do I need the ASSIST software? I’ve always used the hand-scoring method, and that has worked fine.

  • What other types of information and reports are available with the KeyMath 3 ASSIST Scoring and Reporting Software?

  • Does the KeyMath 3 ASSIST software include Growth Scale Values (GSVs)?

  • Can I cut and paste text from the ASSIST Narrative Report into a Microsoft Word document?

  • Do I have to enter in each item into the ASSIST software to get the reports, or can I just enter in the raw scores?

  • Can I track multiple students with ASSIST reports?

KeyMath 3 Essential Resources

  • The old KeyMath Teach and Practice (TAP) includes hundreds of worksheets. It seems like there are fewer materials in the new KeyMath 3 Essential Resources program. Why is that?

  • Is the KeyMath 3 Essential Resources program only for instruction with one student or can I teach more than one student at a time?

  • What is the difference between guided practice and independent practice?

  • What is the difference between readiness tests, posttests, and mastery tests?

  • Does the KeyMath 3 Essential Resources program include manipulatives?

  • I’m not buying the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment. Can I still use the KeyMath3 Essential Resources program?

  • Is the old KeyMath Teach and Practice (TAP) compatible with the KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment?

  • Can I use the Keymath 3 Essential Resources program with my current KeyMath Revised/NU?

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