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What is ADAM?

ADAM is a K-7 comprehensive, diagnostic assessment of mathematics.  Aligned with NCTM’s five content strands, as well as the Common Core Standards, ADAM thoroughly assess a student’s complete mathematical understanding, to provide a comprehensive picture of each student’s strengths and weaknesses.  Using revolutionary adaptive logic, ADAM maximizes the information obtained on each student, while minimizing test-taking time and anxiety.

Why is it called ‘ADAM?’

ADAM stands for Adaptive, Diagnostic Assessment of Mathematics.  In keeping with the spirit of DORA, ADAM evokes a personal character associated with the assessment, helping to create an inviting testing atmosphere and decrease test anxiety.

How is ADAM organized? 

In ADAM, students are presented with a number of test items across a wide range of constructs.  Strands tested include:  1) Numbers and Operations; 2) Algebra; 3) Geometry; 4) Data Analysis; and 5) Measurement.  ADAM isolates students’ mastery levels across 44 subtests, in five strands, and includes critical problem solving items.

Is ADAM aligned to state standards?

As with all Let’s Go Learn assessment products, ADAM is aligned to many state standards, as well as the TEKS standards and the Common Core standards. 

How were assessment items developed?

Under the guidance of Let’s Go Learn mathematics expert, Paul Giganti, math specialists and classroom math teachers worked to develop items in each of the 44 subtests.

Who should use ADAM?

ADAM is appropriate for use with students in grades K-7, as well as older student whose math performance is below grade level.  ADAM offers three user interfaces, ensuring that all students are greeted by an age-appropriate interface, regardless of the items being tested.

How can ADAM be used with Special Needs Students?

ADAM features oral reading of the test items to eliminate any potential reading confound, ensuring that only essential math skills are being tested for all students below grade 4.  For older students, teachers may opt to adjust downward the starting grade level to reduce any initial start-of-assessment difficulty which may be experienced by students who are many years below grade level.  In addition, instructions are provided both orally and in writing, to help ensure that all students understand each assessment item.

How can ADAM be used by homeschoolers?

ADAM’s easy-to-navigate student management system and detailed reports simplify the math evaluation process for homeschooling parents. The student management system also tracks students’ subsequent assessment scores and measures improvement.  Summary, detailed, and state standards reports are available, making it easy for homeschooling parents to use ADAM results to drive math instructional decisions.  Because ADAM can be administered by individual strand, the progress monitoring capabilities are much greater, allowing for the monitoring of student growth and progress.

How long does ADAM take to administer?

For Kindergartners, the assessment will take between 10 to 15 minutes.  Test time will increase as the grade level of the student goes up because more math constructs will be assessed.  Depending on the student, 6th to 7th graders on grade level may take up to a maximum of two hours, but administration may be divided over multiple sittings.

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