The goal of the West Virginia K-3 Informal Mathematics Assessment (IMA) is to enable teachers and schools to stimulate, nurture, and monitor students’ mathematical progress and knowledge in three cognitive categories: Conceptual Understanding, Procedural Skills, and Problem-Solving. The IMA provides teachers with tasks correlated to the West Virginia 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives. These tasks support Classroom Assessment for Learning as they are intended to provide the teacher with information on student understanding and learning of mathematical concepts. The IMA supports standards-based assessment and should drive standards-based instruction in the classroom.
Conceptual Understanding
Students will demonstrate they are able to
Identify and apply facts and definitions
Compare, contrast, and integrate related concepts and principles to extend the nature of the concepts and principles
Recognize, interpret, and apply the signs, symbols, and terms used to represent concepts
Demonstrate understanding of mathematical operations
Interpret the assumptions and relations involving concepts in mathematical settings
Procedural Skills
Students will demonstrate they are able to
Verify and justify the correctness of a procedure using concrete models or symbolic methods
Extend or modify procedure to deal with factors inherent in problem settings
Apply numerical algorithms appropriately to specific mathematical situations or settings
Perform non-computational functions such as rounding and ordering
Describe why a particular procedure will give a correct answer for a problem in specific context or defined situation.
Problem-Solving
Students will demonstrate they are able to
Correctly apply their accumulated knowledge of mathematics in new situations
Recognize and formulate problems
Determine the sufficiency and efficacy of data
Use combinations of strategies, data, models, and procedures to answer questions
Use reasoning in new settings
Third Grade Informal Math Assessment
Third Grade Student Record Sheet
Second Grade Informal Math Assessment
Second Grade Student Record Sheet
First Grade Informal Math Assessment
First Grade Student Record Sheet
Kindergarten Informal Math Assessment
Kindergarten Student Record Sheet