Math Diagnostic Testing Project Videos Have Impact

MATHEMATICS DIAGNOSTIC TESTING PROJECT (MDTP) is an Intersegmental statewide project that develops, distributes, scores, and reports the results of tests that measure student readiness for mathematics courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. Based at UC Sand Diego, the project helps California’s teachers better prepare students for further study in mathematics, identifies topics and skills needed for success in mathematics, and brings secondary, college, and university faculty together for cooperative discussions.

MDTP videos were produced to document how MDTP tests are used formatively in classrooms, departments, and schools through interviews with teachers, students, and administrators in their classrooms and offices. MDTP hopes these videos stimulate ideas among mathematics teachers and administrators about the role of formative assessment in their classrooms and schools.

placing students

Placing Students for Success asks administrators how they view and support MDTP use by their teachers. Typical questions were: How are MDTP tests different from other tests? Why do you support the use of MDTP at your school? How does MDTP help with new students? How has MDTP impacted pedagogy and teaching practices? How could a principal use MDTP results to open conversations with her or his teachers?

student strengths

Sharing Strengths and Weaknesses asks teachers how they use MDTP diagnostic tests to coordinate and inform their efforts at a more collective level to shape mathematics teaching, assessment, support and intervention, and other policies. Typical questions were: What has been the impact of MDTP on your department? When teachers discuss MDTP test results, what do they talk about? How do teachers use MDTP to communicate with students and their parents?


Shifting Pedagogy and Focus asks teachers how they use MDTP diagnostic tests to inform and enhance their classroom teaching practices. Typical questions were: How has MDTP helped you in the classroom? What do you find particularly useful about MDTP? Once you receive your MDTP test results for your students, what are your next steps?

If you would like to learn more about MDTP and its diagnostic tests and written response materials and how it supports the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments, please contact a local MDTP site director . She or he will be glad to follow up with you to answer your questions.

These videos have been prepared with the support of the California State University, the University of California, and the California Academic Partnership Program. Copyright 2012 The Regents of the University of California and The Trustees of the California State University.

For a contact list of the MDTP personnel near you, go here.


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