About SMI

The #1 Choice for Universal Screening & Growth Monitoring


The Trajectory to College & Career Starts Here . . .

SMI is a research-based, adaptive assessment that measures math abilities and longitudinal progress from Kindergarten through Algebra II. It can be administered in a group setting in around 30 minutes, up to three times per year. Plus, SMI is now available for Apple iOS!

With more rigor and an updated item bank that is aligned to current math expectations, SMI ensures that students are ready to perform math tasks at college levels. It provides exponentially more information at the very high and low ends of the achievement spectrum in less time. That’s more than a fixed-form assessment could ever offer, and it’s all right here, in one, fast, accurate solution:

  • New, Stronger Focus on College and Career Readiness
  • Greater Emphasis on Early Numeracy and Fact Fluency
  • Updated Strands and Weights
  • More Flexibility With Access From Apple iOS and Google Play

The Power of the Quantile Framework®

SMI shifts the paradigm from focusing on the skills students do not know to identifying what they already possess and are now ready to learn. This key shift makes all the difference in accelerating growth toward algebra.

Mathematics growth is measured on the Quantile Framework for Mathematics—a scientific taxonomy of over 500 math concepts and skills—placing student readiness and difficulty of math tasks on the same scale.

With SMI’s Quantile measures, educators are able to:

  • Accurately make instructional recommendations about placement, grouping, and course pacing
  • Track student growth from Kindergarten through Algebra II
  • Forecast students’ success with a given lesson, to differentiate instruction
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A Quantifiable Path for the Future

Algebra is the gateway to college! SMI provides an accurate forecast of the trajectory to algebra with progression of the most critical concepts and skills students must master at each grade level. Universal screening and growth monitoring can be administered independently up to three times per year.

By mapping progress along the Quantile Framework, educators are able to forecast each student’s individual growth and address his or her needs accordingly.

Students' readiness for Algebra starts at 1030Q.

Early Numeracy and Fluency Assessments

Accurately Assess Foundational Math Skills


An Untimed, Low-Pressure Way to Measure Math Ability for Grades K–2

SMI early numeracy assessment is designed to quickly determine mathematics ability in an environment that is developmentally appropriate for young students.


NEW! Subtest Assesses Their Needs From the Start

The Early Numeracy subtest assesses basic number skills of young math students including counting, quantity comparison, and number recognition.

Educators learn which students are struggling with these basic concepts and may need additional support before taking the full adaptive assessment.

Ability Subtest

Adaptive Assessments for Math Fluency


New! Fluency Subtest

Target the critical fluencies essential for success with algebra, and identify where students need more support. Using the Common Core and other new, more rigorous standards, screeners assess addition and multiplication facts as well as understanding of equivalence and number properties, depending upon grade level.


New! Read Aloud Audio Support in English and Spanish

SMI College & Career provides read alouds for all text-based items and responses to ensure the test is measuring students’ math—not reading—proficiency, to provide a more accurate measure of their ability.


New! Growth Mindset Feedback Encourages Perseverance

In partnership with Dr. Carol Dweck’s Mindset Works, SMI includes growth mindset feedback to motivate students to persevere, promoting effort and focus.


Example for Early Math Ability

This test item is designed to signify a student who is ready to learn early-grade concepts such as how to solve problems involving elapsed time.

Quantile Measures: 450–599


Example for Midrange Math Ability

This test item is designed to signify a student who is ready to learn midrange concepts, such as how to divide fractions.

Quantile Measures: 600–899Q


Example for Advanced Math Ability

This test item is designed to signify a student who is ready to learn more advanced concepts, such as how to solve quadratic inequalities.

Quantile Measures: 1100–1300Q