The Math For Keeps Math Number Assessment System

I like to quantify things as much as possible, so you know where you started, where you’re going, and what your progress is every step of the way. I like specific, measurable results so that you can see exactly what you’re getting for your time and money investment. To that end, I have the What’s Your Math Number? ™ system. I give you a number representation of the skills you have in the bag on the day of our initial Assessment. This is your Starting Math Number. And I give you another number representation of the ideal number you want to achieve, based on your specific goals. This is your Desired Math Number. Many people have a Math Number that seems alarmingly low. Don’t panic! I want to say four things about why a low Starting Number can actually be very encouraging news.

  1. Everyone (who I’ve ever assessed) has a Math Number that is lower than it should be, even A students. I promise. I’ve seen it a thousand times. It is not possible for most students to really get this stuff without a method for practicing it to mastery.
  2. By knowing about these principles of practice for skill-acquisition, and skill-retention, that the Math For Keeps (MFK) program is based on, getting your Math Number higher is totally do-able. It can actually be fun and easy.
  3. Think how much easier your math studies will be when your number is higher…I mean no WONDER math feels like too much work if you don’t have the chops. The MFK practice-to-mastery system is a very efficient way to get the chops.
  4. When I assess a student for their Starting Math Number, I am ruthless. The student needs to know it, know they know it, and know it quickly, efficiently, and confidently. That’s what mastery is. That’s what fluency is. We’re going for fluency. That’s when you’re A becomes a sure thing. That’s when math starts to make sense. That’s when you can quit laboriously translating math and start really speaking it as a native speaker. (PS My brand of “ruthlessness” is insanely kind and encouraging.)

Getting Your Math Number Higher:
There are many ways to get your Math Number higher. My program is just one of them. The beauty of Math For Keeps is that’s it’s predictable. It’s measurable. After 3 months of MFK, your Math Number WILL be higher (typically 20-40 points higher, or 1-2 grade level’s worth) than it was when we started.  A higher Math Number WILL translate to an easier time in math, less time and struggle on homework, better grades, and–most importantly–a more thorough understanding of what you’re studying.