End of the year diagnostic testing

The end of the school year is one of the best times to administer MDTP diagnostic tests.  The results of testing helps teachers and math departments identify math topics learned well and those that students still struggle with.  The results can be used to dig deeper into the conceptual foundations and related misconceptions of math topics crucial for improving future classes.  The teacher can also distribute individualized diagnostic letters to help students reflect back on their mathematical successes and to plan for summer study.  

In addition to diagnostic tests, MDTP offers high school placement tests and written response items, as well as, professional development to use these materials effectively.

Remember, MDTP materials and services are provided free-of-charge.  

Materials Links:

Upcoming events:

Workshop, Tuesday, August 14, 10:30-1:30.  This session is aimed at users new to the online platform. We will get you set-up and ready to use the platform and explore ways to use the results effectively. Sign-up here.  Snacks and lunch provided.

Conference, September 22, 2018, 9:00-3:00.  Using Student Thinking to Improve Math Learning. Guest speakers and sessions of interest to all grade 5-12 math educators.  More info to follow. Reserve a space here.  

Please contact us if your would like to know more about MDTP materials and services or to make an appointment for a school site visit.

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Conference: Save the Date

Using Student Thinking to Improve Math Learning

Please join us Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9:00-3:00, in the Math Sciences Building at UCLA.  The conference will feature a lively mix of speakers and sessions of interest to grade 5-12 math educators.  More info to follow.   Reserve a space here.

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Online Platform Training Workshop

This three hour workshop will introduce you to MDTP diagnostics tests and the free, online testing platform.  We will learn how to navigate the online platform; set up classes; add enrollment; and assign and administer tests.  We will discuss how to use the online platform to analyze your results and set instructional goals.  We will explore math activities that support and improve student thinking and get students communicating mathematically.

The next session is Tuesday, August 14, 2018, from 10:30-1:30 at UCLA in the Mathematical Science Building. Sign-up here

This session is offered at no charge to participants.  Lunch will be served.

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UCLA Workshop Series

Improving Students’ Mathematical Understanding

A Five Session Workshop Series

Sponsored by MDTP and the UCLA Math Department*

MDTP at UCLA is offering a five week workshop designed to support secondary math teachers in their efforts to improve their students’ mathematical understandings.  In this collaborative effort, we will:

  • Administer an MDTP diagnostic to establish a baseline understanding of student thinking.
  • Set goals and evaluate progress.
  • Explore, customize, and administer math activities that:   fill-in gaps; remediate misconceptions; weave into current instruction; engage all students; support the math practices; and deepen understanding.
  • Analyze and respond to student work.

The five Saturday session will be held in the UCLA Math Sciences Building on February 10, 24, March 10, 24, and April 7 – typically from 9 to 12.  Enrollment is limited with preference given to educators that can attend all sessions.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to teachers attending all sessions.  

Register for Saturdays at UCLA

A light breakfast and snack will be provided.

* This opportunity is provided at no cost to participants

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Online Platform Training Workshop

This three hour workshop will introduce you to MDTP diagnostics tests and the free, online testing platform.  We will learn how to navigate the online platform; set up schools, teachers, and classes; add enrollment; and assign and administer tests.  We will explore how to use the online platform to analyze your results and set instructional goals.  We will discuss math activities that support and improve student thinking and get students communicating mathematically.

The next session is Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 9-12 at UCLA in the Mathematical Science Building. Sign up here

This session is offered at no charge to participants.  A light breakfast and snack will be served.

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MDTP Online Platform Training

September 9 has been added for the online training workshop:

This three hour workshop will introduce you to MDTP diagnostics tests and the new, free, online testing platform.  We will learn how to navigate the online platform; set up schools, teachers, and classes; add enrollment; and assign and administer tests.  We will explore how to use the online platform to analyze your results and set instructional goals.  We will discuss math activities that support and improve student thinking and get students communicating mathematically.

The next sessions are offered on Saturday August 19, and Saturday, September 9.  They will be held at UCLA in the math building from 9-12. Sign up here

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New Assessments and Field Testing 2017

New Integrated Math 2 and Math 3 diagnostic assessments have been released.  These assessments are currently available on the online testing platform.  For paper testers, we expect booklets from the printers soon, hopefully early next week.

This year MDTP is field testing four readiness tests as shown in the table below.  Note the Geometry, Second Year Algebra, and the High School Supplemental Test, are in the second year of field testing.  We are excited to introduce a new test for students entering middle school, available in September.

Common Core Aligned Readiness Tests* Test Code Field Test Year Expected Availability
Middle School Skills Test

(intended for use near the end of grade 5, through grade 6)

MS35D17

1

September 2017
High School Readiness Supplemental (Algebra1/Math1.  Online only.)

HS30D17

2

October 2017
Geometry

GR45D17

2

Ready for online testing. Paper tests expected week of 8/14/17.
Algebra 2

SR45D17

2

Ready for online testing. Paper tests expected week of 8/14/17.

If appropriate, we recommend that you use the field test versions, however to participate in the field test, teachers also agree to administer a post test and brief end of course survey in the spring. Field testing is vital to maintaining the reliability and high quality of MDTP assessments and results, so we encourage and appreciate your participation.

Order paper field tests here; online users sign-up here.

 

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The Online Testing Platform Is Ready

The new online testing is now in wide-release.  The new platform is free, easy to use, and gives expanded reporting capabilities. You may register for access here.

After registration, you will be sent an email with log-in instructions and a link to set-up your password.  After you set up your password, you will be ready to learn how to set up other users, classes, enrollment, assign, and administer tests.  There are five learning tools available for you to choose from:

  1. MDTP Online Video Tutorials (self-guided)
  2. MDTP Online PDF Tutorials (self-guided)
  3. UCLA based morning sessions.  Two workshops are currently scheduled and if needed, more sections will be scheduled.
  4. Online virtual meeting with the site director (contact us below with your request)
  5. In-person meeting at your school (contact us below with your request)

 

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MDTP Online Testing Workshop

Topics include accessing the online platform, registering your school, setting up classes so you’re ready to test in the fall; using the online platform to analyze your results and set goals; math activities to support and improve student thinking and get students talking math.  This is one morning session tentatively scheduled Saturday June 10, Friday August 11, or Saturday August 19. Sign up here

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Expected Summer Releases

Six new readiness tests are expected this summer, probably in early August.

  • HS30D16, which is a special thirty item assessment, available only on the new online platform, intended to field test new high school readiness items that are more tightly aligned with common core curricular expectations. At this time of year, it would be a good assessment for Math 8 students. (This is available now on the online platform)
  • Common Core aligned Integrated Math 2 Readiness and Integrated Math 3 Readiness tests will have completed three years of field testing and be readied for final publishing.
  • Second year field test versions for Common Core aligned Geometry Readiness and Second Year Algebra Readiness will be prepared.
  • First year Math 6 Readiness field test is expected – very exciting!!!!
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