Any time is the right time to use MDTP materials, but the start of the school year is very popular with teachers. At the start of the year, teachers use the MDTP diagnostic results reports to get a feel for their classes – the strengths, weaknesses, and misconceptions of their students; the instructional topics in which students have a solid foundation; and those that need additional support. Math departments use the results to identify productive areas for collaborative professional development and to guide supplemental math programs.
It is also a great time to use MDTP Written Response Items. The WRI are an excellent adjunct to the diagnostic tests and a great resource for supporting the Common Core math practices. Use of the WRI gives teachers access to student thinking, deepens student understanding and improves their ability to communicate effectively about mathematics. See written response page.
We encourage you to schedule a school site visit* to introduce and support the effective use of MDTP materials. And, we are happy to customize visits to address the professional development initiatives in your department e.g. formative assessment, problem-solving, using Common Core math practices.