End of Year Math Assessment – Grade 3


The end-of-year assessments are an optional tool parents and educators can use to determine students’ grasp of concepts they learned throughout the year. Hopefully, students will have gained the skills necessary to pass the assessment easily. Deliver the test near the end of the school year to check whether or not students understand the grade-level standards. This assessment is designed for third-grade math students.

Similar to the BOYs, each assessment involves a pre-test, an activity, and a post-test. You will first distribute the pre-test, which assesses many of the skills students learned that year. After the pre-test, do the activity, which educates students on those same concepts and helps them remember things they may not have fully understood during the pre-test. Finally, distribute the post-test and compare students answers to those of the pre-test to determine whether they have improved.

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What our End of Year Math Assessment – Grade 3 includes

Objective and Overview: The End of Year Math Assessment – Grade 3 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 leaving third 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 leaving third grade. You can use this as a benchmark to understand which skills students have and which they struggle with.


The activity asks students to create the tallest tower they can to support a marshmallow in 15 minutes using noodles and one yard of masking tape. Once time is up, they will test their tower by placing a marshmallow on top. If it holds the marshmallow and is the tallest tower, they win! After creating and testing their tower, students will answer some questions about the activity. They will create a tally chart and bar graph of the total number of noodles used by the whole class. They will also write the fraction of noodles used to inches of tape and number of noodles used in expanded form. Students will also measure their towers in inches, write down how many class towers could hold the marshmallow, and figure out how many packages of noodles the whole class used.


For the post-assessment, students will solve ten problems to test their understanding of the basic mathematical skills for children leaving third 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


3rd 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.