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Teach to One Roadmaps

Useful tool to assess math skills and target learning needs

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4–12
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Math, Critical Thinking

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Pros: The skills overview provides information that can help teachers identify necessary prerequisite skills and common misconceptions.

Cons: The platform doesn’t offer tips on how to maximize utility, read reports, or troubleshoot around syncing student accounts to specific classes.

Bottom Line: This diagnostic assessment tool provides useful information on strengths and areas of grown in math, though more guidance would be helpful.

Teachers can use Teach to One Roadmaps to assess their students and identify individual strengths and areas of growth in mathematics. The diagnostic assessment, which teachers can administer as a baseline, midline, and conclusion, provides insight on individual student understanding. It can help teachers identify where students are within the mathematical progression, rather than just assessing grade-specific standards.

Use the data report to break down which skills students "place out" of and which ones need to be reinforced or taught. In addition to tracking progress, use it to inform lesson planning, design targeted differentiation, and create small groups. Check out the teacher overview to read about standards and learning progression notes that include prerequisite skills and key connections. It also includes vocabulary relevant to the standard and sample assessment questions. You can  use the overview for possible questions to include in lessons, common misconceptions that may arise, and outside resources that may be useful when planning or assigning student work. Make sure to set aside time to read problems aloud for those who need it, and give kids a whiteboard, paper, or other tool to work out the assessment problems. 

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Teach to One Roadmaps is an online diagnostic assessment tool that delivers a personalized scope of learning skills for each student. It is designed for students in fourth to eighth grade and those taking Algebra I. The program offers three versions: Roadmaps Free, Roadmaps Home (designed for families), and Roadmaps Plus (designed for schools). Teachers can easily sign up for Roadmaps Free with a personal or work email. Upon registering, you'll be prompted to link your school site, which connects teachers within the same community for collaborative purposes. Teach to One Roadmaps has two main tabs: classes and reports. Teachers have the option of creating a class by syncing with Clever or Google Classroom, or manually through the program's Create form.

Once classes are created and students are invited to create their own accounts, they'll be able to take the diagnostic assessment. It can be administered three times per year. Once students complete the assessment, individual reports are generated for teachers to view. The Roadmaps report, which includes a skills list and content map, illustrates skills mastered and skills that need to be learned or reinforced. Each skill description includes an overview for teachers, with information relevant to instructional planning, differentiation, learning progression, and skill-specific insight.    

Teach to One Roadmaps is a good option for teachers looking for an adaptive diagnostic assessment that will help them identify individual students' strengths and areas of growth. The assessment recognizes the cumulative and progressive nature of mathematics. The assessment itself is a sequence of questions that adapt based on student responses. If students get questions on a specific grade-level skill wrong, the assessment presents questions that target prerequisite skills to determine where students are in their understanding and what learning gaps exist. Because of the adaptive nature of the diagnostic assessment, it provides teachers insight on pre-grade areas of growth and post-grade enrichment or extensions. The concept map gives teachers a visual representation of how skills build upon each other and what teachers need to focus on in order to support student development. Filter by strand or by grade level to break down concepts students still need to learn or improve. The overview is particularly helpful, providing key insight that will come in handy when lesson-planning or designing targeted instruction.

As a targeted and specific way to measure where kids are with math skills, the platform is extremely useful. A few more features would boost its value. A pop-up walkthrough would help teachers who are overwhelmed with information. Also, a read-aloud feature would make the assessments more accessible. And while the purpose of the tool isn't to be "fun" or particularly engaging, giving kids a bit of a friendlier interface -- perhaps with drawing or other mark-up tools -- might encourage kids who feel discouraged. 

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Engagement

The skill overview can be useful when designing instruction and differentiation, which can help find the right level of challenge, but the interface isn't particularly inviting for kids.

Pedagogy

The skills list and content map pack tons of information, which may seem overwhelming, but teachers can filter the skills list by strand and grade level. The teacher overview provides practical information to support instruction.

Support

There isn't much guidance and there are few additional resources for teachers. Content is available in Spanish, and it has options for visual accessibility but no read-aloud feature.


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