In easyCBM we don’t have specific probes targeting Math Problem Solving because the standards (CCSS and most state-based systems that mirror the CCSS) moved away from skill-based standards (e.g., application, computation, problem-solving), deciding to embed those skills across grade-level math domains (e.g., geometry, measurement, etc). *Note: If you are referencing the detailed tables, there are remnants of older assessments (i.e., appl = application; comp = computation) that are no longer available as of a few years ago given the move to benchmarks/probes aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Focal Points Standards and the CCSS.
Here is what our easyCBM recommendation would be:
1. If the student is functioning close to grade-level expectations (i.e., based on CCSS benchmarking and other classroom-based data/information) then the CCSS probes would likely be most appropriate. They are longer (25-30 problems) and more difficult than the NCTM measures, but include applications of math reasoning and multiple problem solving items in each probe. I’m looking at and thinking about Grades 6-8 here.
2. If the student is functioning below his/her enrolled grade-level expectations (below 6th grade?), then one of the NCTM Focal Point probes (just 16 test problems) is likely more appropriate — at Grade 6, the Algebra probes have the most problem solving/applied reasoning type problems in them.