The Best Kindergarten Math Assessment (Printable Rubrics)
Do you need a great way to track your kindergarten students’ basic math skills? These kindergarten math assessment printable rubrics are the perfect solution.
Types of Kindergarten Assessments
There are many ways to test a kindergartner’s math abilities. If you are a kindergarten teacher in a public school, chances are they provide you with a math curriculum that has assessments. On the other hand, if you are homeschooling, tutoring, or a private school teacher, you may need assessments.
Here are different ways to assess young children’s math skills:
- Skill based task cards and recording sheets.
- Conversations with Daily Math Talks
- Play math games with them
- Observe and record as they “play” with manipulatives (see printable rubrics below)
- Traditional paper/pencil tests provided by curriculum compaines
Kindergarten Math Assessment Rubrics
When teaching kindergarten, I had plenty of rapid task assessments to administer throughout the year. These were great, but I didn’t have a way to track their progress and share it clearly with parents. To solve that, I created these kindergarten math assessment printable rubrics.
These printable rubrics are broken down by Kindergarten common core math standards. Each standard has it’s own set of rubrics to clearly mark the kids’ progress – whether through observations, one-on-one assessments, or whole group classwork.
At the top of the page, you will find the cluster (standard), followed by 4 levels of mastery. If a child may need extra practice, there is a section at the bottom to write specific notes to the parents.
These kindergarten assessment printables are perfect to keep in the kids’ records for the entire school year.
Counting and Cardinality
When you think of the basic math taught in kindergarten, most of those skills fall into the Counting and Cardinality math standard.
Within the Counting and Cardinality, you will observe and record the individual students abilities to:
- Count to 100 by 1’s
- Count to 100 by 10’s
- When shown a number 0-20, count out that many objects
- Count forward beginning from a given number
- Count objects one-by-one saying the numbers in standard order
- Identify which set of objects is greater than less than, or equal to, another
- Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 when presented as numerals
- Count to answer “how many?”
Geometry and Shapes
- Correctly name 2-D shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon)
- Correctly name 3-D shapes (cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres)
- State whether a shape is 2D or 3D
- Describe positions of objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to
- Build shapes from components such as sticks and play-doh
- Draw 2-D shapes
- Compose simple shapes to form
- Analyze and compare 2D and 3D shapes
Measurement and Data
- Describe single objects using measurable attributes, such as heavy, light, short, tall, hot, or cold.
- Compare two objects to see which have “more of/less of” the attribute.
- Classify objects into given categories.
- Sort the categories by count
Number Operation and Base Ten
Do you give year end tests, as well as monitor throughout the semesters? If so, these printable kindergarten rubrics are great for tracking their progress over the course of time.
When you give the kids a set of red and yellow counters and tens frame dot cards, you’ll be amazed at how many skills they will demonstrate.
- Compose numbers from 11-19
- Decompose numbers from 11-19
Need ideas for teaching composing and decomposing numbers? Check out “How to Teach Composing and Decomposing Numbers“.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
The Operations and Algebraic rubrics covers the basic additions and subtractions skills. These skills are often assessed on a middle to end of year kindergarten math test.
- Represent addition with object, drawing, acting out situation, or verbal explanations
- Solve addition word problems, within 10, using objects or drawings
- Decompose numbers into pairs in more than one way – using drawings or objects
- Solve “how many more” to take a set of 10 when given a number 1-9
- Represent subtractions with object, drawing, acting out situations, or verbal explanations.
- Solve subtraction word problems, within 10, using objects or drawings.
- Fluently subtract within 5
When choosing the Math Rubric Bundle, you will have the complete kindergarten assessment pack at a discounted rate.
The Kindergarten Marth rubrics are great for teachers or homeschool parents that need a quality solution to track progress throughout the year.
Before you go, here are more posts with tips for kindergarten reading and math:
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Free Kindergarten sight words list
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