Field Testing 2018

Field testing insures that MDTP tests are of the highest quality, reflect the performance and needs of California math classrooms, and give math educators the information they need to be more effective.

This year, MDTP is introducing a new High School Readiness assessment that updates the current HS readiness test to more fully align with the goals of the California Common Core standards.  The Middle School Readiness, Geometry, and Algebra 2 Readiness field tests have been updated to reflect results from last year’s field testing.

These diagnostic field tests assesses students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in California Common-Core aligned classrooms as described below:

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

Field-testing should occur in Grade 6 classrooms.  35 questions.

MS35D18

2

High School (Algebra 1/ Integrated Math 1)  Readiness.
45 questions.

HS45D18

1

Geometry Readiness
45 questions

GR45D18

3

Algebra 2 Readiness
45 questions.

SR45D18

3

If appropriate, we recommend that you use the field test versions, but be advised that field testers also agree to administer a post test and a 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

Existing online users already have access here. (Expected August 7)

New online user sign-up here.

 

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MDTP Online Users: Reset Your Passwords!

All MDTP online diagnostic testing users will need to reset their passwords starting August 1st in order to gain access to the site. This policy is designed to prevent users who are no longer associated with a school or district from accessing student data.

When logging into the diagnostic platform , enter your school email, then click “I have forgotten my password” to start the process.  Detailed instructions can be found here.

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Workshop Date Change


The workshop scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 has changed to

Saturday, August 11…


MDTP 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.

Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 9:00-12:00.     UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building.

Sign-up here

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


 

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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.   (There is no charge for the conference however, UCLA charges $12 for parking.)

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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