anna by anna March 22, 2016

UC Berkeley Math Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Thank you for participating in this important research. Should you have any questions that aren’t documented below, please contact the researchers directly. Hye Kyun Lee at hklee1973@berkeley.edu and Mark Wilson at markw@berkeley.edu.

Proctoring the Assessment

Q: What should I do and not do when proctoring?

A: Here are some tips to consider when you’re proctoring the 3-part assessment.

  • Choose a quiet space free from distractions.
  • Review and read the letter from the researcher’s to your child.
  • Should your child get frustrated or confused by the questions, resist the urge to explain the answers. Instead, direct your child to press the “Don’t know” button located on the top right hand corner of the screen.

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  • If your child asks for a break, no problem. Close the Todo Math app, take a break and return to the assessment when your child is ready to continue. Todo Math will save questions that have been answered and will resume wherever the child left off.

 

Q: If my child closes Todo Math in the middle of the assessment by mistake what happens?

A: Don’t worry. Answers are saved throughout the assessment. Simply open up Todo Math and begin where you left off.

Q: My child is struggling to solve the questions. What can I do to help?

A: Assessments are intended to be challenging. Remind your child that the questions are challenging and it’s OK not to know the answers. Your child can always press the “Don’t know” button located on the top right hand corner of the screen.

Reporting

Q: What information will I get once my child completes the assessment?

A: The report will contain raw scores for each of the three sections of the assessment. The three sections include: magnitude comparison, place value, and addition. In addition to the raw scores, you will receive information about the aggregate responses to each section as well as your child’s proficiency level for each section. The report will take a month or more for the researchers to analyze the data and provide you with your personalized report. You will receive the report from the researchers via email. Not from the Todo Math team.

Q: Why will it take a month or more to receive the report?

A: While Todo Math is the vehicle to deliver the assessment on behalf of the UC Berkeley researchers, Todo Math does not provide reporting capabilities. Instead, the raw data is exported from the Todo Math servers and sent directly to the researchers for analysis. Analysis takes time. There are also 100 individual reports that need to be created for each age group. The process to create an individual report and send it via email by the researchers is time consuming and not automatic. We appreciate your patience.

 

Privacy

Q: How will you keep my child’s assessment data private?

A: We will keep your child’s study data as confidential as possible. If the researcher’s publish or present results of this study, they will not use individual names or other personally identifiable information.

To help protect confidentiality, we will do the following:

  • Only child’s gender, age, and grade will be collected and used for the study.
  • When a child starts the test, the child’s identity will be replaced with a randomly generated code number.
  • Any files tying child identity to code numbers will be kept separately in a secured server of Enuma, Inc. and removed as soon as possible after reporting scores to parents.
  • Enuma, Inc. will have access to the data until reporting scores to parents. Then the data will be removed from the server.
  • Only the researchers¬†will have access to the test data.
  • The test data will be downloaded using a USB flash drive and stored on a password-protected computer.
  • The USB flash drive will also be protected by a password.
  • The researchers plan to keep the data for 3 years from the end of study, in case they can use the data later for follow-up studies. The researchers will follow the same steps just described to keep the data as confidential as possible. Enuma, Inc. will not maintain the data after researchers report scores to parents.

Other Questions

Q: Is this a standardized academic achievement assessment? Are the results valid and reliable?

A: No, this is not a standardized academic achievement assessment. The purpose of this study is to create and validate a learning progression of number sense for children in the early elementary grades from K to 2nd. This is not a norm-referenced assessment. The researchers and Todo Math are inviting your child to participate because he/she is in the age range (5 to 8) and Enuma, Inc. has agreed that UC Berkeley can deliver the assessment through the Todo Math app.