I find that having data on the students to begin the year is quite helpful in creating groups, gauging where to start with your students, and basically having a good grasp of the ability levels of your class as a whole. (I know, everyone just let out a big "DUH" right now...)
However, this past year while we are in transition to CCSS, we didn't have a state test. I mean, we took a practice one geared to see how it would actually go on the computers and such, but we didn't have one that would give us any end of the year data on the kids. Consequently, we don't have anything now that we can use to help us gauge our class. There is just no major source of data in math and language arts for us to draw on.
So I had to make something myself....and I wanted to share it with you.
This is a 5th grade Beginning of the Year math assessment. It has all of the 4th grade math standards in a multiple choice format just so I can see what the kids know and what they are struggling with.
I also made a nice little data breakdown sheet so I can see at a quick glance just what skills the class as a whole needs help with, what they have mastered, and who in particular needs remediation on what. You can click here to see how I actually use this type of sheet weekly in my class.
Well, anyway, I just wanted to share the test with you. 4th grade teachers, feel free to use it as an end of year assessment :) Click here to access and download the test.