## K-3 Informal Math Assessment

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

• Recognize, label, and generate examples and/or non-examples of concepts
• Use and inter-relate models, diagrams, manipulatives, and representations of concepts
• 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

• Select and appropriately apply correct procedures
• Demonstrate computational fluency and quick recall of grade appropriate facts
• 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

• Judge the reasonableness and correctness of solutions