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How to Know If Your Child Is Doing Math at Grade Level

Here are a few tips to help you know how well your child is performing relative to their peers.


  • Step 1: Ask your child's teacher Ask your child's teacher whether the student is learning math at grade level, and how that evaluation is made.
  • TIP: The test used to evaluate a student's ability in math may be determined by the school, school district, or state. There are no national standards.
  • Step 2: Contact state board of education Contact your state board of education to find out how grade-level expectations in mathematics are set in the state. Compare your child's abilities in math with the state's grade-level expectations.
  • TIP: The national, non-profit Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) provides links to many on-line states' standards at its website.
  • Step 3: Evaluate your child's math abilities on a national scale Get a rough measure of your child's math abilities on a national scale by comparing your state's ranking at the National Assessment of Education Progress website,
  • FACT: A baboon bone inscribed with 29 notches has been dated to 35,000 BCE, and is believed to be the world's oldest mathematical artifact.

You Will Need

  • Teacher
  • Grade-level evaluation
  • State board of education
  • Internet access

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