Assessment, Instruction and Mathematics in Kindergarten Classrooms (AIM)

  • Research Project

What We Do

This study examines how kindergarten teachers use math assessments to guide instruction and support kindergarten learning gains.

Project Info

Project Status: July 2019 – June 2025
Funding Source: US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences  


CASTL researchers are taking a mixed-methods approach, combining qualitative site visits and interviews with rigorous surveys, assessments and observations. The results will help researchers understand what sources of information are most useful to teachers, how teachers use assessments to differentiate instruction, and what the barriers are to using assessments effectively. In collaboration with the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program, the researchers are currently recruiting divisions and teachers to begin large-scale data collection in the 2022-2023 school year.

Project Team

Laura Helferstay

Laura Helferstay

  • Research Specialist

Brittany Rettig

  • Research Specialist
Virginia (Ginny) E Vitiello

Virginia E. Vitiello

  • Research Associate Professor
Jessica E Whittaker

Jessica E. Whittaker

  • Research Associate Professor
  • Director of Birth to Eight Initiatives
Amanda P Williford

Amanda P. Williford

  • Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood Education Associate Director for Early Childhood Education
  • CASTL Clinical Psychologist

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