Why is the Placement Test important?

The Happy Numbers Placement assessment, powered by The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics, is designed to assess students’ mathematics readiness in grades K through 5. 

Upon entering Happy Numbers, all students from PreK-5 automatically take the Happy Numbers Placement assessment.

Test results are measured in quantiles (Q). The results are used to determine a student’s readiness for mathematics instruction on grade-level skills and concepts. It also helps place the student at the appropriate starting point in the Happy Numbers curriculum. 

Things to do right before the Placement Test

  1. Print and read a letter from Dino to your students.
  2. Tell students that first, they will have a placement test, so they should put their thinking caps on for these 20 multiple-choice questions.
  3. Help students log into their account. Switch to Spanish if needed.

What does the Placement Test look like?

The Placement Test is adaptive, consists of 20 multiple-choice items for each grade level, and covers the skills and concepts associated with the Happy Numbers curriculum for the previous grade level. The test is untimed and usually takes between 20 to 30 minutes to complete. 

The placement test consists of mathematics tasks aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and other state mathematics standards. Based on the student’s performance on the placement test, he or she receives a Quantile measure. Typical Grade Level Quantile ranges can be found here.
Note! The particular Quantile Score is shown only to premium users, not premium users see green and yellow dots indicating whether a student passed the test with the on grade level result or below grade level.

How does Happy Numbers place students based on the results?

Students who score a Quantile measure below grade level will be placed in an appropriate individualized pathway in which they are ready to receive instruction. Conversely, if students are placed on grade level they will begin with the first module of their enrolled grade. Students who scored above grade level will skip any skills they are proficient at and start at the middle of their enrolled grade pathway, with the next grade level content queued up and ready as students complete the on-grade level pathway.

Based on this data we automatically build individual assignments for every student. They can start learning immediately after the Placement Test! 

View results on the Teacher Dashboard

Results of the Placement Test are shown on the Teacher Dashboard and Progress Report tabs, indicating each student’s below or on grade level placement. A yellow dot indicates below grade level and a green dot indicates on grade level.

Evaluation at the very beginning helps determine appropriate learning paths for every student. You can always see exactly what assignment every student has. We realize that no one knows your students better than you do, so you can change the assignments at any point or reset the test within a 2-week window.

Math Growth and Benchmark Assessment: Placement, MY, and EOY

The results of the placement test are the benchmark from which you will be able to measure math growth over the school year. Apart from built-in continuous assessment, math growth can be measured with the help of Mid-Year and End-of-Year tests. Unlike the Placement Test, they are optional. A minimum of 60 days is required for each student between between Placement, Mid-, and End-of-Year assessments. After the Mid-Year assessment, student pathways will be adjusted to accommodate for growth.

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