Savvas Math Screener & Diagnostic Assessments
Savvas Math Screener and Diagnostic Assessments (MSDA) provide an easy and reliable way to uncover student needs and provide the right instructional content for every learner. This norm-referenced assessment suite monitors proficiency growth and informs resource allocation throughout the year to ensure every moment is maximized and personalized to student needs.
- Part of the Savvas Momentum Assessment Suite
Online Math Assessment Suite
Gain a clear picture of what students know and fill in knowledge gaps with ease and efficiency.
Efficient and Actionable
The short, accessible screener and diagnostic assessments efficiently identify student needs, getting to instruction quicker.
Norm-Referenced and Field Tested
Developed in partnership with WestED®, each item has been validated through field testing, creating an unbiased and equitable assessment suite.
Adaptive for Efficacy
The adaptive format of the Diagnostic limits time spent on testing while improving test reliability.
Assessments at the beginning, middle and end of the year provide vertically scaled scores to monitor growth toward year-end proficiency as well as year-over-year.
Universal Math Screening and Diagnostic Solution for Grades K-8
Multistage Adaptive Diagnostic
Flexible Instructional Recommendations
Universal ScreenerA short screening assessment identifies proficiency in precursor math skills.
AdministerAdministered as close as possible to the beginning of the school year.
AssessAssesses prior skills necessary for success in the current grade and can identify at-risk learning behaviors.
QuickTakes 20-40 minutes to complete.
Multistage Adaptive DiagnosticAdaptive assessment that provides detailed information about a student's strengths, areas of improvement, and stretch goals.
Assigned to students based on resultsAssigned to students based on whether the Screener results were above or below a cut score.
Contains a total of 30 items
Contains a total of 30 items and takes 45-60 minutes to complete.
Personalizes items appropriate to the student’s level.
Scores and specific instructional recommendations
Includes scores and specific instructional recommendations for every student.
Growth AssessmentsAdaptive assessments intended for the middle and end of year to monitor progress towards year-end proficiency.
Updated data on students’ strengthsProvides updated data on students’ strengths, areas of improvement, and stretch goals throughout the year.
Contains 30 itemsContains 30 items and takes 45-60 minutes to complete.
Personalizes itemsPersonalizes items appropriate to student’s level.
Reveals student growthReveals student growth through vertically scaled scores that allow teachers to quickly view growth over the year and across multiple years.
Actionable ReportingEducators can quickly see both the class and individual student performance throughout the year, visually outlining their journey to year-end proficiency. Reports include:
Screener ResultsScreener Results to review screener and standard performance.
Student and Class Summary Reports
Student and Class Summary Reports show:
- Overall Score and National Percentile
- Rating of Exceeds, Meets, Approaching, or Does Not Meet Grade Level Expectations.
- Performance and Recommendations by Mathematical Domain and Standard
Student and Class Growth ReportsStudent and Class Growth Reports show progress from beginning-, middle-,and end-of-year. Comparisons can be viewed to class and district averages.
Administrators have access to visual reports to view performance at the district and school level, including:
- Assessment Submissions by School
- Performance by Domains
- Screener Performance
- Diagnostic Performance
Flexible Instructional RecommendationsRecommendations include assignable, personalized learning resources for every learner and give teachers the flexibility to assign when needed.
RecommendationsRecommendations include assignable, personalized learning resources for every learner and give teachers the flexibility to assign when needed.
- Concept Summaries
- Worked Out Examples
- Practice Masters
For Savvas Learning customers using enVision Mathematics or Experience Math, content recommendations also include standard-specific enVision Mathematics or Experience Math content.
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Award-winning Online Platform for your Math Assessment Program
Savvas Realize® provides easy access to assessments and instructional content for every student, so teachers can save time.
For enVision Mathematics or Experience Math users, MSDA integrates into the course within Savvas Realize®, allowing access to math content and MSDA in one, convenient space.
SuccessMaker® Math is an online personalized learning system for continuous adaptive intervention and differentiation. It supplements math instruction in an hour every week, with real-time growth and mastery data.
MSDA can replace the initial placement of SuccessMaker Math users, saving time at the beginning of the year and streamlining the screener and placement process.
Savvas Math Screener & Diagnostic Assessments Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Screener Assessment?The Screener is a short (20-30 items, depending on grade level) assessment of prerequisite skills from the grade level prior given at the beginning of the year without overwhelming students. The Screener informs the right level Diagnostic Assessment for each student, either on-grade level or the prior grade level.
What is the Diagnostic Assessment?
The Diagnostic is a multi-stage adaptive assessment which adjusts based on the student responses. There are two new types of diagnostic reports (Student Diagnostic and Class Diagnostic) that include scale scores and national percentile rankings. The student report also identifies students’ strengths and areas for improvement to inform targeted instructional support tied to curriculum resources.
How long should the screener and diagnostic take the students to complete?The Screener will take about 20-30 minutes (depending on the number of questions) and the Diagnostic will take about 45-60 minutes.
Who is WestEd?WestEd is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, whose work is rooted in data, informed by research, and committed to equity. They have worked at the local, state, and national levels, providing research and evaluation for a wide range of clients and partners including the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This partnership provides Savvas with the benefit of an independent, highly-respected third party that ensures the assessments are unbiased and equitable, resulting in the most trusted Screener and Diagnostic on the market.
How does WestEd nationally norm the Diagnostic Assessment?
The norm referencing occurred from the National Field Testing, which took place in January 2021. Field test data was then used to assist WestEd the norm referencing. The sample was weighted to match the demographic profile of students nationally.
What kind of resources are suggested as instructional supports based on the assessment results?The resources provided with MSDA include: concept summaries with worked examples, concept videos, and skill-based practice sheets.
Can I use the MSDA to measure growth over time?The new Middle of the Year and End of Year Growth Diagnostic assessments are designed to provide valid growth measures using the vertical scale.