Planning Math Lessons with the Quantile Teacher Assistant

Scholastic’s Math Hub has posted a thorough entry on our own Quantile Teacher Assistant (QTA) utility.  QTA allows math educators to differentiate math instruction by quickly identifying prerequisite skills for each state mathematics standard.  Furthermore, once identified, QTA helps math educators locate free resources that have been calibrated to that particular skill level – allowing a targeted match between a math skill or concept and the ability level of the math student.

If you haven’t used the Quantile Teacher Assistant yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Welcome Back: An Open Letter to Educators

If you’re like me, the start of a new school year brings mixed emotions. Summer vacation seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. Some of the books I hoped to have read and the projects I intended to complete will have to wait for another day or maybe even another summer. On the other hand, the new school year elicits feelings of wonder and excitement. Schools across the country open their doors to fresh beginnings and intellectual journeys that ignite curiosity and creativity in this latest generation of learners.

My recent blog post, “Back to School,” discusses August as being, according to the census bureau, the second biggest retail month of the year, due, in part, to large numbers of citizens preparing for the return to school.  As important as this time is for our current economy, the real importance of the return to school is that it resumes our national goal of helping every child achieve their full potential, dreams and aspirations. As an educator, this is the most exciting time of the year for me. In fact, I always think of the start of the school year as the real New Year’s Day. 

While we hope this is an exciting time for you as well, we also realize that the start of the school year brings unique challenges. The critical role you play in our country cannot be overstated. Educators have long been considered one our most undervalued resources. My hope is that one day you will be treated in a way that is commensurate with your responsibilities. After all, there is no greater responsibility than enabling our children to realize their potential. And there is no bigger challenge than preparing our diverse student population with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete and succeed in post-secondary life. As we start back to school, I pledge to you that MetaMetrics remains dedicated to helping you “fight the good fight.” In doing so, I want to remind you of the various free resources we offer:

  1. We Thought We Should Mention”—Our blog is a great way to stay current on topics that affect you – everything from education to technology to the world of assessment and measurement. I encourage you to read it often and to share your comments.
  2. Common Core State Standards—We offer a variety of resources to help you better understand how Lexile® and Quantile® measures support the Common Core State Standards’ goal of preparing all students for college and careers.
  3. Find a Book”—Our free book search utility allows you to build custom reading lists based on an individual’s reading ability and interests, and then locate your selections at the public library nearest you.
  4. Quantile Teacher Assistant – Our online QTA tool locates resources for educators that can help differentiate instruction for struggling math students and identify those skills that are most relevant to the topic of daily instruction. This tool is aligned with state mathematics curriculum standards to make it directly applicable for use in the classroom.
  5. Math@Home —The new and improved Math@Home will offer students an improved way to locate targeted mathematics activities and resource.  We expect this utility will launch in the next few weeks.

On behalf of everyone at MetaMetrics, I hope you have a great year and we look forward to working with you.

Malbert Smith III, Ph.D.President

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MetaMetrics is an educational measurement organization. Our renowned psychometric team develops scientific measures of student achievement that link assessment with targeted instruction to improve learning.