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Overview: About the Assessments

MRI is an online formative assessment tool designed to make teachers’ classroom instruction more effective. The MRI questions focus on number and operations and are based on content from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics prior to sixth grade. They are questions that we expect…and hope…all middle school students to answer successfully.

There are three assessments in MRI—Whole Numbers, Decimals, and Fractions. Each assessment has two sections—the Interview and the Written Computation sections. The Interview (10–12 questions), done face-to-face, focuses on core reasoning strategies and understandings. We ask students questions, give them time to think, and listen to them explain. The Written Computation section is completed independently by students.

MRI reveals how students think and reason

Watch examples of students demonstrating appropriate reasoning strategies:

Monica: 15 × 12

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Amir: Compare 38 and 56

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Watch examples of students demonstrating lack of understanding:

Marisa: School Bus Problem

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Andres: 3 − 1.9

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Watch an example of a student who uses a procedure inappropriately:

Ana: 1000 − 998

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