About Arithmetic Testing OnLine
Arithmetic includes essential skills required for nearly all mathematics at the later grades—including Algebra, Probability & Statistics, problem-solving in Geometry and more advanced topics—as well as for everyday life. Unfortunately, schools sometimes only “expose” students quickly to core arithmetic skills, along with many other topics in mathematics, on the assumption that students will practice and master these skills later on their own. Parents can use ATOLSM as an efficient tool to help ensure that a student has fully mastered foundational arithmetic and is prepared to excel in a challenging mathematics program in high school. ATOLSM measures the skills all students need at the following key grades: 3, 4, 5 and 6. Two different assessments of precisely equal difficulty are available at each grade. This allows you to test, help your child address any deficiencies, then optionally re-test to ensure mastery.
How ATOLSM Can Help Your Child
Each ATOLSM test measures whether students have attained Mastery or Honors in key arithmetic skills by the end of grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. However, the assessments can be useful at different points before, as well as during, the academic year. Below are three potential uses of ATOLSM, each followed by an example:
Before the academic year, to ensure readiness for a new grade.
Joseph takes ATOLSM Grade 4 Form A in the summer before entering grade 5. It identifies any arithmetic skills that require improvement before the beginning of the new school year. Joseph masters the necessary skills and is successful in 5th grade mathematics starting on day one.
During the academic year, to establish learning goals in key skill areas.
Juanita, a student in 3rd grade, takes ATOLSM Grade 3 Form A in March to identify core arithmetic skills that she still needs to master before the end of the academic year. In late May, Juanita takes theATOLSM Grade 3 Form B to see if she has succeeded in meeting her goals.
During the academic year, to help identify the cause of academic difficulties.
Craig, a 7th grade student who received a poor grade in mathematics on his mid-year report card, takes the ATOLSM Grade 6 Form A test in January. The assessment indicates that Craig is lacking key prerequisite skills in arithmetic that are likely contributing to his difficulties in 7th grade mathematics. In February, after one month of intensive tutoring after school, the ATOLSM Grade 6 Form B assessment indicates that Craig has mastered the necessary skills. There is still enough time in the school year for Craig to catch up and meet the grade 7 mathematics standards.
ATOLSM measures problem-solving as well as basic skills in arithmetic, including:
Math Facts, from multiplication tables to prime numbers to conversions between common fractions and decimals
The four Operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
A detailed listing of the skills assessed at each grade, along with sample problems, is available here.
Results are instantly available. The Individual Test Report provides overall results as well as detailed diagnostic information foreach skill area listed above. In addition, question-by-question results include the correct answer as well as the student’s response. The Student Transcript Report provides overall trends over time, including in the same academic year or even across grades.
Why Grades 3 Through 6?
An independent assessment of arithmetic is especially valuable at grades 3 through 6, as students transition from simple arithmetic in K-2 to pre-algebra and other challenging topics in middle school.ATOLSM provides you, the parent, with a reliable guide during this critical phase so that you can stay involved to help your child succeed. Students who do not fully master key arithmetic skills in the upper elementary grades lose confidence and begin to believe that they are “just not good at math.” At the middle grades, such students typically struggle and may be placed in “consumer math” or other dead-end math tracks. For those who do make it into Algebra 1 in a regular academic track, teachers report that one of the most common causes of difficulty is poor arithmetic skills.