The ABCmouse Assessment Center enables parents to assess their children’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in key areas of language, literacy, and math with hundreds of assessments and thousands of assessment items. The Assessment Center can be used in conjunction with ABCmouse Early Learning Academy to provide recommended Learning Activities personalized to each child’s specific needs. Developed in collaboration with experts at SRI and NORC at the University of Chicago, these assessments encompass preschool through early elementary skills and can be used to evaluate a child’s learning progress.
Why do parents use the Assessment Center?
The assessments can be used for four specific purposes:
- To help guide learning: Based on the results of the assessments, ABCmouse lessons are recommended to help improve specific areas of need. That is, upon completion of the assessments, parents can immediately assign each child personalized ABCmouse.com lessons based on assessment scores. This cycle of assessment + learning + reassessment is likely to help accelerate learning. In fact, our research has shown that when children complete a recommended lesson on ABCmouse following an assessment, they achieve twice the gains than those who do not complete a lesson!
- To monitor progress: Since assessments can be taken several times during the year, parents get a clear picture of how children are progressing.
- To deepen family engagement: By providing specific and meaningful information on learning and progress and clarifying individual strengths and weaknesses, parents are better able to support their children while they learn and connect with them around academic topics.
- To assess only: The Assessment Center can also be used independently of the ABCmouse.com curriculum.
How old should my child be to use the Assessment Center?
It comprises Preschool, Kindergarten Readiness and First Grade Readiness assessments for children between 3 and 8 years old:
- The Preschool assessments are for children ages 3 to 5, who are not ready to go to Kindergarten yet.
- The Kindergarten Readiness assessments are for children who are preparing to go to Kindergarten, typically between 5 and 6 years old.
- The First Grade Readiness assessments are for children who will attend 1st Grade, typically 6 and 7 years old.
- The Second Grade Readiness assessments are for children who will attend 2nd Grade, typically 7 and 8 years old.
Where will I find the Assessment Center?
The Assessment Center is a separate subscription you can purchase to see more in-depth scope on the progress being made by each of your children. This tool gives you the ability to issue tests to discover the strengths and learning opportunities and assign activities that will improve their understanding of weaker subjects.
If you have subscribed to the Assessment Center, simply click on the Gear icon in the upper-right corner of the child Homepage and select Assessments (note: The Assessment Center is not accessible from a cell phone).
On the Assessments page, you can choose a Child Profile from the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner. After you have selected a profile, select the Assessments tab at the top of the screen.
You may select a specific Learning Level for the Assessment by clicking the blue arrow beside Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade Readiness. You will then be given the option to choose between taking the longer Assessment (which can take around 35 minutes to complete) or the shorter Individual Skills Assessments. To begin taking an Assessment Test, simply click the blue Start icon beside the specific Assessment you would like your child to take.
Once you have completed an Assessment test, the system will suggest learning activities based on the results of the test. These recommended activities can provide more practice in areas where your child may be struggling. Choose any activities you’d like for your child from the Results and Recommendations tab.
Activities you choose from the Results and Recommendations tab will be found on your child’s "About Me" page under My Lessons.