A+ Interactive Math Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan {A TOS Review Crew Review}

A+ Interactive Math

When you tend towards  winsome and more delight-directed path in your homeschooling, you sometimes develop gaps in your education.  It’s not that you want gaps, but you just may not have encountered aspects of a subject to determine where your child is at with it.  Math is just such a subject for us.  So, when we received the opportunity to review the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan from A+ Interactive Math, I knew that it was a good opportunity for us to look at some of our math gaps and see if we could work on closing them.

We received a three-month subscription to the Adaptive Placement Test with Lesson Plan for both Firecracker (my fourth grader) and Rose (my second grader).  This is a fully streaming, interactive online math program, so you’ll need a computer with a good connection to the internet to use this subscription.

Components of This Program

This is a program that is really simple to use once you get on it.  In fact, for those who might find it difficult to navigate, A+ Interactive Math has nice pdf getting started directions clearly labeled in a big red button entitled “How to Get Started?” as soon as you log-in to the program.  They also have a how to get started video once you’ve launched your child’s lesson plan that you can access from the student dashboard at any time.

Once logged in, your student needs to start by taking tests in each of the subject areas for your child’s grade level.  For my children, this included such subjects as number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, time, money, measurement, simple algebraic thinking, etc.  For my second grader, this ended up being 13 subject areas.  You can take these tests all at once or spread them out over the course of the days (or weeks) that you’re using this program.

Once your child takes the subject area tests, they will have either demonstrated proficiency in that subject on their grade level, or they will be given a list of recommended lessons to complete in that subject areas.  These lessons include lesson videos with example programs, interactive question and answer sections, and an additional graded online worksheet for each lesson.

Test Results

Eventually, you will complete the lessons that are recommended by the program, and be able to retest your child’s proficiency.  At that time, they should be able to demonstrate proficiency in that math subtopic and be ready to focus on the next subtopic.

How We Used This Program

We went through this program one section at a time with each child completing a mini-test, and then doing any associated lessons recommended before retesting in the area to make sure that our skills were up to grade level.

For example, Firecracker tested in the number sense, and needed 7-8 lessons in number sense, which he took over the following two weeks.  Then, he retested and tested at grade level.  He quickly tested on grade level for both addition and subtraction, and he has been working on multiplication concepts since that time.  If your child tests at grade level, like he did with both addition and subtraction, there will be no necessary recommended lessons for you to complete on those topics.  This is a huge victory for your children (and their parents) when they realize that they don’t have any lessons to complete in a particular subtopic.

As you use, this program, the goal is to close all the learning gaps in your child’s lesson plan and for them to be on grade-level in all of the aspects that that grade’s concepts in math.

Exam Questions

Our Thoughts About This Program

I loved the way this program worked for Firecracker.  He was able to find a few focus areas where there were some gaps he needed to shore up and work those issues out.  It went perfectly.  Great!

Rose, on the other hand, had a lot of difficulty with this program.  The mini-tests that you take adapt themselves based on your child’s answers , and she really struggled with even the number sense test, and then she has spent the whole review period completing lessons on number sense.   It was really discouraging for her and for me too, especially since so many of the lessons that she covered were things that I felt like maybe her skill level was greater than where her ability to test was.  On the whole though, she just wasn’t close enough to grade level to be able to make the best use of this program.

Math lesson on counting

So, my recommendation is that this is a program for a child who you think is close to grade level on math or only has a few gap areas.  This is also a program where it would be easy to test your child on the subtopics as well if you just want to know where they are.  However, if your child has a large math gap, or if you suspect that they’re more than a little behind grade level, I’m not sure that this is one that’s going to be feasible for use.

They sell the subscription as a three-month subscription, so think short-term usage on this program.  It would be  a great at the end of the year as you’re trying to assess where to go the next fall with math.  It would also make a great program to shore up a child who was having difficulty with math at school before the next school year started.

This was a great fit for Firecracker.  Not a great fit for Rose.  We’ll be continuing to use it for the rest of our subscription with Firecracker to pinpoint and shore up some of his weak areas so that I can know where he’s at grade-level wise.

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2 thoughts on “A+ Interactive Math Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan {A TOS Review Crew Review}

  1. Hi, Thank you for your detailed review. Our daughter, who is in 7th grade this year, is way behind in some areas of Math. I understand why it wasn’t a good fit for “Firecracker”. It’s because they only teach certain concepts in each grade level, with each grade building on previous grade levels. Therefore, if you test her at her fourth grade level, and she is REALLY behind in some areas, the test will not be as valid as it needs to be.

    What I am doing with my DD is starting several grade levels below. She isn’t deterred by this, as I addressed it in advance, In some areas, she is at a grade 6 level, and in others, she may be at a 4th or 5th grade level. To get away from the problem about which you are speaking, that Firecracker had, it would be best to put her grade level at Grade 2, to fill in any gaps she may have missed in Grade 2. Get her to do all of the tests. Get her to complete the lessons in which she may not be at grade level to catch up. After she has completed all mini tests, and all the lessons she may have had to complete for the tests she did not achieve a grade 2 level, then, you change her grade level to grade 3, and complete all of the mini tests, and do the lessons in the areas in which she did not achieve a grade 3 level. Then, she will be caught up to the grade 3 level.

    I had a concern that if I put our Darling Daughter in a grade 7 level, there would still be gaps, because not every concept, that has been taught up the grade 7 level, is taught in grade 7. There is an assumption that they already have obtained what they need, from previous grades, to do the grade 7 level. I hope that I have been clear in my explanation. If you think that your child may be a couple of grade levels behind in some concepts, then it’s a good idea to set the grade level a couple of grade levels behind from where they should be, and then work their way up through the grade levels. I just started the testing at grade 4 with my DD, and it is going very well, so far. It is also a confidence booster that she is able to complete many of the mini-tests with ease, while just a few were a little challenging. I think that this is the only way that this Math “catch-up” program should be used, so that there are truly no “gaps” in learning. I am excited to see how it works, and will update this comment to let you know if my strategy worked. I think that it will. All holes will be filled in, without exception. When you start at the higher grade, there are many previous concepts that aren’t explicitly taught in that grade. There is an assumption of previous knowledge, like building blocks, and if they don’t have an avenue to learn the previous concepts, you can teach them the new ones until the cows come home, and they won’t learn. It won’t make sense. I know that they say that the test is “adaptive” and goes to easier questions if they don’t get the questions correct, but it won’t adapt to 2, 3 or 4 grade levels below, if that’s what the student requires. It can only be so adaptive. Perhaps only going down a grade level or two, when perhaps going back 3 or 4 grade levels are required. The student may need to go back a couple of more grade levels to fill the “gap”.

    Take care and many blessings in your homeschooling journey!! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your well reasoned and detailed comment 🙂 We ended up deciding to use CTC Math as our primary math, and you can also take a comprehensive test of each unit topic on each grade to see if you need to do those lessons before actually having to complete them. Although, as a sixth grader, Firecracker is not doing sixth grade math as this point, I have seen great progress in him using CTC Math.

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