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What is ADAM  K-7?

ADAM  K-7 is a K-7 comprehensive, diagnostic assessment of mathematics.  Aligned with NCTM’s five content strands, as well as the Common Core Standards, ADAM K-7 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 K-7 maximizes the information obtained on each student, while minimizing test-taking time and anxiety.

Why is it called ‘ADAM K-7?’

ADAM K-7 stands for Adaptive, Diagnostic Assessment of Mathematics.  In keeping with the spirit of DORA, ADAM K-7 evokes a personal character associated with the assessment, helping to create an inviting testing atmosphere and decrease test anxiety.

How is ADAM K-7 organized? 

In ADAM K-7, 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 K-7 isolates students’ mastery levels across 44 subtests, in five strands, and includes critical problem solving items.

Is ADAM K-7 aligned to state standards?

As with all Let’s Go Learn assessment products, ADAM K-7 is aligned to all fifty state standards, as well as the McRel standards and the Common Core standards.  State Standards reports are available for all fifty states.

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 K-7?

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

How can ADAM K-7 be used with Special Needs Students?

ADAM K-7 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 K-7 be used with ELL Students?

ADAM K-7 is appropriate for use with students with Low English Proficiency (LEP) and/or for whom English is a Second Language.   Written and oral instructions help to ensure that any language barrier is not a barrier for success on ADAM K-7 test items.

How can ADAM K-7 be used in the classroom?

ADAM K-7’s easy-to-navigate student management system and detailed reports simplify the evaluation and sharing of information with parents, tutors, teachers, and specialists. The student management system also tracks students’ subsequent assessment scores and measures improvement.  Summary, detailed, and state standards reports are available.

How can ADAM K-7 be implemented at a school-wide or district-wide level?

ADAM K-7’s web-based platform allows for practical school or district-wide deployment of assessments, leading to dramatic reading score improvement, the enrichment of mathematics programs, and time and cost savings.  ADAM K-7 reports deliver accurate measures of student progress and standards achievement to schools and districts.

Is ADAM K-7 appropriate for use with adult learners?

Because of the secondary-level interface available, ADAM K-7 is absolutely appropriate for use with adult learners.

How is ADAM K-7 different from DOMA Basic Math Skills?

More content: ADAM K-7 is a much more comprehensive math assessment, covering three additional NCTM content strands (Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis & Probability).  In addition, ADAM K-7 assesses content across grades K-7, while DOMA only assesses content in grades K-5. 

Superior Adaptive Logic:  In addition, the adaptive logic in ADAM K-7 is an order of magnitude more advanced making ADAM K-7 more diagnostic.  While DOMA Basic Math Skills reported three sub-test scores, ADAM K-7 reports 44 sub-test scores. 

More Flexibility:  The five NCTM strands of ADAM K-7 may be tested individually, allowing for more targeted assessment.

How long does ADAM K-7 take to administer?

It is true that ADAM K-7 is a longer assessment than DOMA. New, updated adaptive logic has been used to minimize test time and anxiety.  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. 

How can ADAM K-7 be used for progress monitoring?

Because ADAM K-7 can be administered by individual strand, the progress monitoring capabilities are much greater, allowing teachers to focus assessment to classroom instruction.  This changes significantly the way in which ADAM K-7 can be used as a tool across districts, schools, and in classrooms.

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  1. Richard Capone
    Reply 12/20/16

    Terri, normally when you queue a test it will stay queued indefinitely. But recently I know we did do a system upgrade and this may have unqueued any old assessments that were queued for 6 or more months.  We essentially did a big clean up when we upgraded this internal mechanism.  Now if a student starts an assessment.  Then that student must complete it in around 45 days otherwise it gets terminated.  The idea here is that for a test to be valid, it must be completed in a certain period of time.

  2. Terri
    Reply 12/19/16

    Once a DORA or ADAM test is queued, is the an expiry period?  If so, how long before the test would need to be re-queued?
    Thank you

  3. Richard Capone
    Reply 06/13/16

    Actually for ADAM the highest score is about a 7.9. This means end of year 7th grade.

  4. Kimberly
    Reply 06/10/16

    Based on a demo I saw it looked like you could get a grade level score well above a 7 (maybe even a 12?)

    What is the highest grade level score you could see on the report?

  5. Richard Capone
    Reply 05/09/16

    Tanya, the time the assessment takes is based on how long it takes to find the instructional points within each of the the 44 subsets.  (Some test-takers of course may not take all sub-tests depending on their instructional level.)  The assessment moves up and down within each sub-test.  Each sub-test is based on a level of skills that build on each other.  Next, teachers cannot see the questions but they can see what each set covers within the detailed report.  The detailed report is meant to include up to 3 sets of scores for side by side comparison.  Finally, the strands vary in terms of time. If you look at a sample summary report you’ll see that each strand has a different number of sub-tests.  The more sub-tests within a strand, the longer it will take to complete.  But the assessment does not have to be completed in one sitting.  You can start and stop as many times as you like. But be sure to use the test admin script before testing.  You need to make sure students don’t take too long on areas of math that they may never have been exposed to before.

  6. Tanya
    Reply 05/09/16


    In the FAQ you mentioned it maxes out at 2 hours of testing, approximately how many questions might this be? How does the program decide to stop testing a student/that it has sufficient data?

    Are teachers allowed to see specific questions that are asked? Or at least the type of questions?

    I noticed on a report there was space to show 3 test results. Is it possible to take more than 3 tests?

    It was also mentioned just certain strands could be be tested, is it possible to know how long/how many questions are involved in each strand?

  7. Richard Capone
    Reply 07/20/15

    Hello Betsy ADAM is not a high stakes assessment.  Our assessments were designed to provide diagnostic information on individual students to guide teachers and parents in their teaching of mathematics.  High stakes assessments that are meant to stand up in court are often norm-referenced tests or tests that are used to compare large groups of students to each other.  In additional these tests’ results are often tied to funding.  We have maintained a high standard when developing our assessments and have conducted multiple studies as one would expect for construct validity.  However, the paragraph you are citing is not how our assessments would be used.  Our diagnostic data is raw criterion-referenced data that still need to be interpreted.  For instance, ADAM provides 44 sub-test scores and multiple summary scores.  But there is no rubric that correlates summary scores to success or failure.  The 44 sub-test scores gives teachers or parents insights into what a student can or cannot do.  But again this is to guide instruction not to make a sweeping judgement.  The judgement if it is made still needs to be done by a qualified teacher or specialist who can interpret data.  Our saying is that data is neutral.  Assess for learning.  What you do with it is the real challenge.  Our research is on our site at this URL:
    Thank you for your question.

  8. Betsy
    Reply 07/12/15

    For an exam program to have legal defensibility there must be evidence as to the test’s quality that would stand up in a court challenge. You will need to be able to provide evidence that sound, professionally recommended guidelines were followed throughout the design, development, and maintenance of the exam program. Professional guidelines for testing are offered by the American Psychological Association (APA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). Studies should also be conducted to investigate and confirm that the test has reasonable degrees of validity, reliability, and fairness. Among the most important elements that courts look for are a well-conducted job analysis and strong content validity (that is, the items need to have a high degree of “job relatedness”). Finally, good documentation of the design, development, and analysis of the exam program should be collected and maintained.

    The whole question got reprinted here…but does ADAM-7 have these criterion ?


  9. Richard Capone
    Reply 11/06/13

    Kelly, yes ADAM like DORA is a criterion-referenced assessment and the criterion we used is grade levels.  Thus, the expected gains is 1 year over a 1 year period.  However, because SGO are new to New Jersey and in part they are looking for student growth in general, setting a target of 1 year for each student may be too high.  The other issue is that ADAM is a generalized math assessment.  What we set for specific skills for each grade may not exactly match what you are teaching.  Yes, in general it will be very close.  But if a specific scope and sequence for fractions, 3D objects, or exponents, doesn’t match how you teach it in your school, students may not get 1 year of growth.  Of course in some cases they may get more.  But from an accountability standpoint, groups of 30 students are used to measure performance by a teacher thus the target shouldn’t be set too high.  With that said for SGO’s the targets should probably be set around 2/3’s of a year.  And you will also want to set your target attainment no higher than 70%.  What we know from experience is that in urban districts statistically, 2/3’s of a class will show growth.  Thus even a target of 70% may b a little challenging. But with the margin of error of the attainment bands this becomes 62.5% to 77.5% for full attainment.  So 2/3’s falls within the range.

  10. Kelly C.
    Reply 11/06/13

    What is the expected growth for students over the course of a school year on the ADAM K-7? I believe on the DORA side of your program you offer end-of-year targets for students in the following categories (1+ year below grade level, 1 year below grade level, on grade level, 1 year above grade level, 1+ above grade level) do you offer any information like this for ADAM K-7? We were interested in using ADAM K-7 for our SGO’s so we are hoping to be informed of the realistic gains our students are able to make.

  11. Richard Capone
    Reply 09/22/13

    Holly if you contact me I can send you a copy.  However, if you have an ADAM account you can run a report and it will show you the Virginia standards when you put in the grade range for which you are seeking.  I will email you and you can respond.

  12. Holly
    Reply 09/21/13

    How can I get a copy of ADAM K 7 State Standards reports for Third Grade Math - Virginia

  13. Richard Capone
    Reply 08/22/13

    Kristen, ADAM does not go through and assess all of a student’s fact fluency such as addition or multiplication facts.  In basic arithmetic, we assess the student’s ability to know the steps as one would teach them.  For example, addition without re-grouping, with re-grouping, etc. And the student must be able to know his or her facts, but we don’t have a separate timed section to test whether they know them automatically.  Our goal is to add a separate fluency measure this school year that will allow teachers to test students weekly or however often they like in addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication facts.  This supplemental test will be a part of a whole suite of formative measures we are looking to add.

  14. Kristen S.
    Reply 08/22/13

    How does ADAM assess fact fluency?

  15. Richard Capone
    Reply 01/28/13

    Angie, ADAM K-7’s alignment to the common core is very high.  It was built after the CCSS release so our goal was to cover all of K-7 mathematics including what CCSS considered important.  Interestingly enough because ADAM K-7 is adaptive and diagnostic, it actually covers CCSS better than standard benchmark tests. ADAM K-7 adapts to each student’s instructional point within the 44 sub-tests of K-7 mathematics.  This means that it will move downward or upward regardless of the grade level of the construct or math skill.  Thus rather than just saying that a 4th grade student has non-mastery on the 4th grade fractions standard, ADAM will find out that the student may be at the 1st grade level in fractions and will identify the 1st grade common core standard.  Likewise, in the case of an advanced student, ADAM will move upwards and will identify the highest fraction standard at which the student has mastered. To my knowledge there is no other assessment like ADAM on the market today.  Thank you.

  16. Angie S.
    Reply 01/28/13

    My district really wants to use a diagnostic assessment that is strongly aligned to the Common Core.  How thorough is ADAM’s alignment to the CCSS?

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