CAMS & STAMS Plus Level Placement
Choosing the correct level for your students
Though the books in the CAMS Plus, STAMS Plus & Solve Series align to standard year-level spans (for instance, Level A features content for Years 1–2, Level B for Years 2–3 and so on), a student’s skill level may not directly align to their current year level.
The purpose of the Placement Book is to assist in determining your students’ skill levels, and can even help to pinpoint why students may be struggling with specific concepts.
See the next tab for a description on how to use the Placement Book.
How to Use the Level Placement Book
The Placement Book includes eight placement tests (A–H), one for each level in the CAMS Plus, STAMS Plus & Solve Series. Each placement test contains 16 questions (one for each lesson in that level).
There are two different methods for administering the placement tests:
Option 1. Students complete each placement test up to and including their current year level (or until they get between 8 and 13 correct on a test).
Option 2. Students complete the placement test for their current year level and move up or down a level(s) based on their results.
The first option allows you to trace any gaps in student understanding back to where the issue began, whereas the second option is designed for classrooms where instruction time is limited.
A score ranging between 8 and 13 on a placement test indicates that the student is on the correct level for their skill level. A score of 14 or more indicates that the student should move up a level, and a score of eight or less indicates that the student should move down a level. Once your students have been placed on the correct level, you can complete your resources order.
Each student requires their own copy of CAMS Plus, STAMS Plus and Solve. A teacher guide, which contains the answers for each problem in the corresponding student book, is also available for each level.
A Note on Placement: Once you have placed the student in their designated CAMS Plus level, they should remain on that level the whole year. If you wish to provide additional practice for a particular lesson, assign the corresponding Solve level. However, if the student is really struggling and it becomes clear after the CAMS Plus pretests that they are on the wrong level, move them back and keep them there for the rest of the year.
Why complete so many placement tests?
By instructing the student to complete all placement tests up to and including the appropriate test for their year level, the teacher creates a map of understanding.
If a student does not understand a concept at their current level, that gap in their knowledge can be traced back to a specific lesson in a previous level. This allows the teacher to differentiate that student’s instruction using CAMS & STAMS Plus by reinforcing a concept that was addressed at an earlier level, helping to ensure mastery of that skill in later lessons.