Universal screeners are brief standardized assessments that are administered to all students, including students who receive special education services. Best practice recommends that universal screening is conducted three times a year in the fall, winter, and spring to allow for adequate tracking of students’ growth and progress toward annual expectations.
The math universal screener for Grades 1-8 is aMath. The aMath assessment provides one overall score that is a measure of students’ broad math ability. The following aspects of math are measured within that one score (varies slightly by grade level): counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, numbers and operations – fractions, measurement and data, and geometry.
The aMath assessment is a computer adaptive test and consists of 30 items. The assessment takes 10–30 minutes on average, with students in grades 6-8 taking slightly longer than students in grades 1-5.