Company: Curriculum Associates, 153 Rangeway Road, North Billerica, MA 01862. Phone: (800) 225-0248; Internet: www.curriculumassociates.com or www.cainc.com.
Price: Group licenses for each version of the software (Basic Math Skills, Pre-Algebra) begin at $299. Site license subscriptions for 50-plus students are available at a discount.
Audience: Grades K–12
Format: Internet-based supplemental math assessment program.
Minimum System Requirements: A computer with internet access and a browser. A fast connection to the internet and a current browser will enhance the program.
The latest version of Internet Explorer or Firefox and Macromedia Flash Player are recommended. Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.05 or higher is needed to view reports.
The system is designed to be compliant with the most common network configurations. Pop-up blocking software must be disabled or set to allow pop-ups from the DOMA site. Cookies must be enabled.
Headphones are recommended.
Overall Rating: *****
Ease of Use A
Product Support A
Description: DOMA—Diagnostic Online Math Assessment offers two math assessment programs: DOMA Basic Math Skills for grades K–6 and remedial math students and DOMA Pre-Algebra for grades 7–12. Companion instructional activities are available in two programs: UniqueMath for grades K–6 and Pre-Algebra Pathways for grades 7–12.
Installation/Access: This web-based program requires no installation. A password is used to log in and to enter a class list. Each student can be given a user name and a password.
Teachers can access the assessment results to monitor student math skill progress within specific portions of the program. Installation/Access Rating: A
Content/Features: DOMA, developed by Let’s Go Learn, tests students individually to evaluate their math skills and generates extensive individual reports that provide a unique math profile and detailed prescriptions for each student.
The assessments include reports for parents, teachers, and administrators. The individual and classroom reports include comparisons of performances against state standards.
The DOMA adaptive assessment uses audio, text, and pictures to deliver the questions. The audio portion is designed to take reading ability out of the math skills evaluation.
The evaluation adapts to challenge students as they go through the assessment process to identify the skill level and needs of each student.
DOMA is aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, state standards for all 50 states, and No Child Left Behind requirements.
The program provides a measure of math skills at two levels. DOMA Basic Math Skills for grades K–6 and remedial math students focuses on number skills and assesses number recognition, calculations of fractions and decimals, and measurement skills of time, money, capacity, area, and other measures.
The DOMA program "reads" the assessment questions to the students. Four choices are provided. The final reports are divided into skills for numbers, fractions, and measurement.
The DOMA Pre-Algebra evaluation for grades 7–12 assesses 14 areas of math skills critical to success in Algebra I (integer operations, fraction operations, decimal operation, comparing and converting, estimating and rounding, evaluating exponents, ratios and proportions, simplifying expressions, coordinate graphing, linear functions, simple equations, geometry, interpreting data, and simple probability).
Students are prescreened with questions on pre-algebra and foundation skills. If student performance indicates a possible deficiency, the program stops testing and checks math facts or English-language proficiency to identify student strengths and weaknesses.
Once the assessments are completed, students can work on skills using the program’s related instructional activities.
The UniqueMath activities for grades K–6 adjust to the needs of each student. The lessons fall into three strands of instruction—numbers, fractions, and measurement. More than 1,200 online activities are available.
After the initial testing, students can log in at any time to be directed to the lessons needed to teach specific math skills.
The Pre-Algebra Pathways activities for grades 7–12 include 200 self-paced tutorials and activities for more advanced students.
Teachers have access at all times to assessment results and progress in the instructional activities. After the student assessment, the teacher is provided with an extensive math profile designed to help customize student instruction. The material is presented in a manner similar to the way that a math specialist would interpret the skills of the student, providing the teacher with a wealth of specific activities to enhance individual instruction. Content/Features Rating: A
Ease of Use: From the teacher’s point of view, DOMA offers an easy and straightforward way to assess student learning. For students, the process is automatic and well-presented. Ease of Use Rating: A
Product Support: Curriculum Associates offers product support online and via a toll-free telephone number and email. Online virtual tutorials are scheduled to be available in spring 2008. Product Support Rating: A
Recommendation: DOMA—Diagnostic Online Math Assessment adjusts to the skills of each student by programming questions in response to continually evaluated student progress.
I was impressed with the UniqueMath and Pre-Algebra Pathways instructional activities that offer instruction on the skills that need to be addressed and strengthened. These additional activities are very helpful to make this program an assessment and learning success.
As educators try to improve math instruction for all students, DOMA can be a big help in supporting classroom activities and in keeping teachers informed of ways to address each student’s needs. I highly recommend DOMA for your classroom.
Reviewer: Susan W. Hixson, Integrating the Internet, educational consultant.