Beginning of Year Math Assessment – Grade 5


The beginning-of-year assessments are an optional tool parents and educators can use to determine the current skills of their student(s). Our hope is that, in using this information, you will be able to better plan instruction to meet the needs of your students and tailor their education accordingly. You should use the test at the beginning of the school year to check students’ baseline comprehension of grade-level standards. This assessment is designed for fifth-grade math students.

Each assessment involves a pre-test, an activity, and a post-test. You will first distribute the pre-test, which assesses some of the skills students will learn that year. After the pre-test, do the activity, which educates students on those same concepts and helps them learn skills they may not have understood initially during the pre-test. Finally, distribute the post-test and compare students answers to those of the pre-test to see if there is improvement.

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What our Beginning of Year Math Assessment – Grade 5 includes

Objective and Overview: The Beginning of Year Math Assessment – Grade 5 evaluation tests students in grade-level math areas to determine their baseline knowledge. Each assessment involves a quick pre-test, an activity, and a post-test. The pre-test analyzes students’ knowledge in some (but not all) of the skills that they should learn during this year. The activity will provide some instruction on the areas they explored during the pre-test. The post-test provides another score to compare to that of the pre-test so you can determine students’ grasp of the concepts. At the end of the assessment, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic mathematic calculations for children entering into fifth grade.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this assessment. This page also lists information in the blue box that you might find useful. You will find the objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the assessment should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.


For the pre-assessment, students will solve ten problems to test their understanding of the basic mathematical skills for children entering into fifth grade. You can use this as a benchmark to understand which skills students have and which they struggle with.


The activity asks students to work with a group and imagine that they’ve submitted a new shape to an organization for approval. First, they will write and deliver and speech about their shape. Then, they will create a brochure or poster describing their shape. Finally, they will draw a picture of their new shape!


For the post-assessment, students will solve ten problems to test their understanding of the basic mathematical skills for children entering into fifth grade. This assessment tests the same skills as the pre-assessment.

Answer Keys

This assessment includes answer keys for the pre-assessment and post-assessment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


5th Grade



State Educational Standards

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.