April 2, 2022
Our #MashOfTheMonth for April is the Multiplication Times Check - this is a highly effective tool for delivering and assessing multiplication tests for pupils. There are two modes available: Assessment and Custom. Each of these modes generates detailed reporting information within the Data Dashboard. The Assessment mode is a quick times table test based on the Year 4 maths assessment, while the custom mode enables you to personalise your own multiplication tables test. Teachers can choose the tables, the number of questions, duration of tests, and pauses so perfect to set for any year group to assess understanding. The video below gives you an overview
The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for primary schools in the 2021/22 academic year. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables so that additional support can be provided. Schools must administer the MTC to all eligible year 4 pupils between Monday 6 June and Friday 24 June. Schools are strongly encouraged to administer the check within the first 2 weeks of the check window. The guidance for schools administering the test has been updated and also includes information for parents.
The assessment mode within the 2Simple Multiplications Tables check has been designed to mirror as closely as possible the format of the multiplication tables check by the Standards and Testing Agency.
This includes the specification of:
For every test completed, data is generated which can be viewed in the Data Dashboard. As well as practising in class, teachers can set this as a 2do for pupils to access at a specific date. When setting as a 2do, teachers will need to ensure the assessment mode is selected.
When children enter assessment mode, they are presented with a description of the test to read before choosing to start the test, once they press start, they are given a 3-second count down to prepare tho their first question. When pupils enter a number the number entered will be accepted as their answer as soon as they click the enter button or the 6-second countdown has been completed. Just like the Standards and Testing Agency test during assessment mode children will not be given any indication during the test as to whether their response to a question was correct or incorrect. At the end of the test, pupils are presented with their results. Their total out of 25 will be displayed along with a handy colour-coded breakdown of each question. Pupils can review each question at their leisure by simply clicking on any of the question numbers
Custom mode allows children and teachers to customise a multiplication test - perfect to be used in any year group. Custom mode give the ability to:
Just like in assessment mode, any test completed in custom mode generates data that can be viewed in the data dashboard.
Opening the Data Dashboard will allow you to see reports on pupil performance on individual 2dos that have been set and are still open and also on all scores for pupil performance in the Scores section. When the Multiplication Table Check data is chosen from the scores section. The following options can be changed/manipulated:
It is easy to change between the reporting of either Assessment mode and Custom mode. The Assessment Mode report can display Score, Accuracy, and Average Correct Speed. Each of these metrics can be further broken down per pupil to provide extensive diagnostic information. When accessing an assessment mode report from scores, the default view will show a non-progression report. This report provides an average for all the metrics displayed. When selecting Show progression, the view will change to show a week-by-week view (progress over time). Progress will be shown for only one metric. To see progress for a different metric use the Select Metric dropdown. Like the non-progression report, it is possible to see a breakdown for each week for the metric showing.
The Multiplication tables check user guide gives further guidance on both how to set and how to access reporting.