Math Running Records in Action : A Framework for Assessing Basic Fact Fluency in Grades K-5 book cover
1st Edition

Math Running Records in Action
A Framework for Assessing Basic Fact Fluency in Grades K-5

ISBN 9781138927643
Published June 21, 2016 by Routledge
266 Pages 195 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this new book from popular consultant and bestselling author Dr. Nicki Newton, you’ll discover how to use Math Running Records to assess students’ basic fact fluency and increase student achievement. Like a GPS, Math Running Records pinpoint exactly where students are in their understanding of basic math facts and then outline the next steps toward comprehensive fluency. This practical book introduces a research-based framework to assess students’ thinking and move them toward becoming confident, proficient, flexible mathematicians with a robust sense of numbers.

Topics include:

  • Learning how often to administer Math Running Records and how to strategically introduce them into your existing curriculum;
  • Analyzing, and interpreting Math Running Records for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division;
  • Using the data gathered from Math Running Records to implement evidence-based, research-driven instruction.
  • Evaluating students’ speed, accuracy, flexibility, and efficiency to help them attain computational fluency;

Each chapter offers a variety of charts and tools that you can use in the classroom immediately, and the strategies can easily be adapted for students at all levels of math fluency across grades K-8. Videos of sample running records are also available for download at

Blackline masters are available on the Running Records Dropbox at

Table of Contents

Meet the Author

Foreword by Alison Mello



Section I: Math Running Records Overview

Chapter 1: Math Running Records: A Framework for Fluency

Chapter 2: Parts of a Math Running Record

Section II: The Addition Running Record

Chapter 3: The Addition Math Running Record

Chapter 4: Analyzing & Interpreting the Addition Running Record

Chapter 5: Implications for Teaching Addition: Purposeful Practice

Section III: The Subtraction Running Record

Chapter 6: The Subtraction Math Running Record

Chapter 7: Analyzing & Interpreting the Subtraction Running Record

Chapter 8: Implications for Teaching Subtraction: Purposeful Practice

Section IV: The Multiplication Running Record

Chapter 9: The Multiplication Math Running Record

Chapter 10: Analyzing & Interpreting the Multiplication Running Record

Chapter 11: Implications for Teaching Multiplication: Purposeful Practice

Section V: The Division Running Record

Chapter 12: The Division Math Running Record

Chapter 13: Analyzing & Interpreting the Division Running Record

Chapter 14: Implications for Teaching Division: Purposeful Practice

Chapter 15: FAQs

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Nicki Newton has been an educator for 27 years, working both nationally and internationally with students of all ages. She has worked on developing Math Workshop and Guided Math Institutes around the country. She is also an avid blogger (, tweeter (@drnickimath), and Pinterest pinner (


"Math Running Records are indispensable tools that allow us to zoom in on exactly where each child is on the math development progression and provide us with the roadmap to forward each of them on their math journey starting with the first early numeracy skills and progressing to multiplication and division strategic thought as well. It is not an understatement to say that, with the help of Newton's book, implementing math running records will change everything and will be the key to developing confident, flexible math thinkers who are prepared to take on the more sophisticated math concepts that lie ahead!" -- Ann Elise Record, Math Specialist at Hillside and Brown Elementary Schools, NH

"Dr. Nicki Newton provides the missing link between concept learning and memorization of the basic math facts. This instructional link, fact reasoning strategies, is essential to fact fluency development. Math Running Records are a research tool that authentically assesses fact fluency. Each chapter offers practical charts, activities, and tools that emphasize the development and application of strategies. Fluency doesn't just happen; it needs to be purposely practiced." -- Celeste Beaulieu, Instruction Math Specialist at Wells Elementary School, ME