Determine the Level for a Student

Who can do this with default capabilities?

District Administrator, School Administrator, Teacher

There is no single method for placing students in MathFacts in a Flash; the program lets you decide.

Many teachers base students' initial levels on last year's performance, standardized test data, or informal diagnostic strategies.

Here are additional strategies that teachers have used for identifying students' initial MathFacts in a Flash levels:

  • Start all students at the first level and let them work straight through the remaining levels. This approach allows a high degree of initial success for most students. It may take some time for students to reach the level where they will make the most growth.
  • Use Star Math data to place students in MathFacts in a Flash levels. If you are using Star Math, the Diagnostic Report identifies a grade-equivalent math score that can be used in conjunction with MathFacts in a Flash default benchmarks to approximate initial placement. The Star Math Diagnostic Report also shows where students fit on a continuum of computational skills.
  • Use printed MathFacts in a Flash worksheets as a quick diagnostic test: Print a worksheet from one of the cumulative review levels and give it to students as a timed diagnostic test. This will allow you to observe how quickly students answer the questions and if students appear to be "figuring out" the facts.
  • Some teachers use this approach from the "bottom up". All students are given the first addition-level review worksheet as a timed test. Those students who were successful on the first test take a teacher-timed test with the next level of review worksheet, and so on, until the teacher has found the best level for each student. This method takes more time, but it provides documentation that you may need later when talking with parents about a student's initial placement.

Consider starting experienced or older students at review levels such as Multiplication Review or Division Review to build their automaticity. You can also challenge them to achieve shorter time goals at all levels.