There are a number of ways to define math assessment.
Authentic assessment is when a student is given a word problem or a numerical problem and asked to solve it. There is only one correct answer. Such a test measure the mastery of real mathematics.
Performance assessment asks a student to actually do something, such as weighing and measuring objects, constructing an example to prove a math concept, using real money to make change, etc. For example, if you asked your child how much they weighed, would they know to go to the bathroom scale, and then how to read the results on the scale, and report back if the results were realistic or not.
Rubric assessment is done by observing the student’s use of mathematical reasoning to solve problems in real life. A rubric helps you figure out on a scale from novice to expert just where your student might stand.
Exemplars Standards-based Math Rubric
A rubric is a table to help you understand how well your child is solving problems using mathematical reasoning.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything – Assessment and Rubrics
Assessment of student mastery of content takes many forms. This page includes support materials for assessments that work with the Common Core State Standards and rubrics for many different assessment products. It also contains some information on the creation of rubrics and assessment in general.
MAP Assessment Tasks (Draft) for High School and Middle School
Free series of assessment tasks still in the beta stage. Prototype materials still under development but, hey, they are free! Do not make grand plans based on the results.
Regents Exam Prep Center – Algebra
Three full-length exams, Interactive and/or Hardcopy.
Saxon Math Placement Tests
PDF files for you to download and print to have your child take in order to figure out which Saxon Math book is right.
Singapore Math Placement Tests
First, have your child take the placement test that matches what you think your child’s grade level is. If your child scores 80% or more, that indicates he knows the material well and is ready to go on to the next level. But a score of less than 80% indicates that you may want to begin at that level.