Frequently Asked Questions

​Q.  Who can I contact if I have any questions about Essential Mathematics?
You can email or phone the following:

Susan Walker, Administrative Assistant III

Q. How do I get an account?
You can download the registration form to sign up for Essential Mathematics.  Download the Registration Form.

Q. How do I add students, delete students, or edit students in Essential Mathematics?
Download How to Start instructions to answer this question.

Q.There are from 20 to 25 questions in each assessment. Do I have to do all of them?
No. Students may do as many problems as they like. The results will report the number of problems, correct, wrong, or not attempted. If a problem is skipped, students may go back to it. There is an option to exit the assessment at any time. The remainder of the problems will be considered as not attempted.
Q.Can I print out the results?
Yes, you can.

Q.How often can I visit the site?
You may visit at anytime from anywhere that has Internet service and as often as you want.

Q.How are these assessments different?
The separate Assessments relate to different California Standards.

Grades 4-7 Foundations I - Reviews skills from grades 4-7 with problems related to the foundational standards in preparation for the CAHSEE.
Grades 4-7 Foundations II - Reviews foundational skills that may be more difficult than those in Assessment 1.
CAHSEE Preview - Reviews some higher level foundational skills, along with the standards directly assessed on the CAHSEE for grades 6 and 7.
Algebra I - Covers the California Algebra I standards.
Grade # - Trimester or Quarter - Reviews the standards for grade levels 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or Algebra I. These are broken down into Trimester or Quarter assess​ments, with components of some standards assessed for different benchmarks.  
Q.Is it the same assessment every time?
No. Each time an assessment is taken, questions are randomly drawn from the Essential Mathematics test bank. The bank is being expanded on a regular basis to allow for greater variation.

Q.What do the code numbers on the individual problems mean?
All problems have a code that identifies the strand, grade level, and standard. Each problem addresses only one component of a standard.

An example is NS 7 (1.2). This means Number Sense, Grade 7, Standard 1.2. If you want to see what this standard is, you can go to the Standard Search page, select the strand (NS), enter the grade level (7), the standard code (1.2), and the standard will be displayed on the screen. Some standards are broken up into more than one component that is identified by letters added to the code, such as 3AF(1.1b). 
Q.How can I access the full standard?
You can access all standards on the Standard Search page. You also have the option to search for an individual standard by itself.

Q.What information will be provided after taking an Assessment?
After taking an Assessment, you will find the standards you have correctly answered, attempted, or skipped in the report. In this way, a teacher can find out if there are specific areas of need for individual students or a full class. Students may be asked to only do problems related to particular standards and skip all other standards.

Q.If I am a teacher, how do I find a student record or class record?
Teachers can find a student's record by selecting the class, and then a student. An individual summary of their assessments over time will be in the report. Teachers may select an entire class data or all data for each student in the class. This will give a quick way to assess class areas of strengths and weaknesses. Students are listed in alphabetical order, then by date.
Q.Are there any tutorial pages that can help me with specific standards?
Currently, when a student finishes an assessment, there are links to worksheets and online resources, primarily for California mathematics standards. Specific tutorial pages are in development, as well as potential lessons that teachers or students might use to improve their understanding.

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