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aimswebPlus™ is a subscription-based tool. There are three subscription types available for customers: aimswebPlus Complete is $8.50 per student and includes all measures. aimswebPlus Reading is $6.50 per student and includes early literacy and reading measures. aimswebPlus Math is $6.50 per student and includes early numeracy and math measures. |
Test accommodations that are documented in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) are permitted with aimswebPlus. However, not all measures allow for accommodations. Number Sense Fluency—the combined measures of Mental Computation Fluency (MCF) and Number Comparison Fluency–Triads (NCF–T)—is a computer-administered, timed test that employs strict time limits, in part, to generate rate-based scores. As such, valid interpretation of national norms, which are an essential aspect of decision-making during benchmark testing, depend on strict adherence to the standard administration procedures. The following accommodation is allowed for Number Sense Fluency during screening and progress monitoring: modifying the environment (e.g., special lighting, adaptive furniture). |
NCS Pearson, Inc. Training manuals are included and should provide all implementation information. Pearson provides phone- and email-based ongoing technical support, as well as a user group forum that facilitates the asking and answering of questions. |
aimswebPlus is a brief and valid assessment system for monitoring reading and math skills. Normative data were collected in 2013-14 on a combination of fluency measures that are sensitive to growth as well as new standards-based assessments of classroom skills. The resulting scores and reports inform instruction and help improve student performance in Grades 2 through 8, while the Early Literacy and Early Numeracy measures provide ecologically valid and developmentally appropriate information about foundational reading and math abilities for students in Kindergarten and Grade 1. Number Sense Fluency (NSF) measures a student’s automaticity with comparing numbers within and across number systems and mentally solving one- and two-step computation problems and math expressions. NSF is divided into two sections: Number Comparison Fluency–Triads (NCF–T) and Mental Computation Fluency (MCF). NCF-T has a 3 minute time limit. MCF has a 4 minute time limit. Students answer as many items as they can within the time limit for each given section. |
While the Kindergarten and Grade 1 measures are administered individually, most of the Grades 2 through 8 measures can be taken online by entire classes. Once testing is complete, summary or detailed reports for students, classrooms, and districts can be immediately generated, and the math and reading composite scores can be used to estimate the risk to students or classes for meeting end-of-year goals. aimswebPlus reports also offer score interpretation information based on foundational skills for college and career readiness, learning standards and other guidelines, Lexile® and Quantile® information, and recommendations for appropriate teaching resources. Raw score and percentiles scores (based on grade norms) are provided. Local norms are also available. Number Sense Fluency (NSF) comprises two sections, which are always administered together: Mental Computation Fluency (MCF): a timed measure that assesses fluency through solving 1-and 2-step computation expressions. Number Comparison Fluency–Triads (NCF–T): a timed measure that assesses fluency through number comparison. Both NCF–T and MCF employ a correction for guessing when calculating the total score. The corrected total score is: NC – NW/2, where NC is the number of items correctly answered and NW is the number of items answered incorrectly. Scores are then rounded to the nearest whole number. Corrected total scores can range from 0 to 40 (NCF–T) or 42 (MCF). Items not attempted and items not reached are ignored in the calculation of the corrected total score. Together, these measures combine into a Number Sense Fluency score, which is the simple sum of the NCF–T and MCF corrected scores. This NSF score is the basis for progress monitoring decisions. |