FAQs from First Grade Teachers

I'm a first grade teacher.  Will ESGI be helpful to me?


YES! ESGI has over 1,000 pre-loaded assessments to choose from. Simply filter by grade level in the Test Explorer! 


First (1st) Grade Test Titles:

Spelling Patterns Apply Properties of Addition and Subtraction
Sight Words Add Within 100
Inflectional Endings Determine the Unknown Whole Number
Final e/Vowel Teams Addition and Subtraction Word Problems Within 20
Decode CVC Words Telling Time-hour (1st)
Segmenting SW Lists F, G, H
1st Grade List A SW Lists I, J, K
1st Grade List B SW Lists L, M, N
1st Grade List C SW Lists O & P
1st Grade List D SW Lists Q & R
1st Grade List E SW Lists S & T
1st Grade List F SW Lists U & V
Understanding Tens SW Lists W & X
Subtraction as the Opposite of Addition  


First (1st) Grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Test Titles:

1st L.1.2.D. Spelling Patterns 1st 1.OA.B.3 Apply Properties of Addition and Subtraction
1st RF.1.3.F. Inflectional Endings 1st 1.NBT.C.4 Add Within 100
1st RF.1.3.C. Final e & Vowel Teams 1st 1.OA.D.8 Determine the Unknown Whole Number
1st RF.1.3.B. Decode CVC Words 1st 1.OA.A.1 Addition & Subtraction Word Problems Within 20
1st RF.1.2.D. Segmenting 1st 1.NBT.B.2.C Understanding Tens
1st 1.NBT.B.2.C Understanding Tens 1st 1.OA.B.4 Subtraction as the Opposite of Addition


Click the links below to find out more about first grade tests by our Friends of ESGI:

*Guiding Math (First Grade) and Guiding Readers by Deedee Wills

*Reading Aptitude Continuum by Donna Whyte

*HeidiSongs Skills, Sounds Fun Phonics, and 1st Grade High-Frequency Words by Heidi Butkus


You also have the option to create your own tests. For more information, visit our "Creating a Test" Support Page or watch a short video that explains how easy it is to make your own tests.


How can use ESGI to support my small group guided reading and math instruction?

ESGI's automated tracking and reporting system makes it easy to use real-time data for individualizing lessons and create small groups. The bar graphs analysis is clickable so you can quickly see which students answered incorrectly, correctly or have not been tested. The class totals report ranks students according to scores so that you can identify students who need support in an area.


First-grade teacher Jessica Travis (Wild About Firsties) says, "Not only does ESGI save me time by collecting data for my students in both literacy AND math, but I can view each individual student's results as well as the overall data for my class as a whole!  This helps me when planning lessons, re-teaching opportunities, and small group lessons!"


If my students were tested with ESGI in Kindergarten, how can I see that data?

If your school has been using ESGI or has pre-assessed incoming students with ESGI, you can find previously assessed students in the Student Explorer. For more information, visit our help page "Student Explorer" where you'll find a short video explaining the process.


School Success Story

The first-grade team at Alexander ll Math & Science Magnet School in Macon, Georgia has been using ESGI this year to track data and differentiate instruction. As a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, they know the importance of data-driven instruction. First-grade and Kindergarten students at the school use the reports for student-led conferences. Instructional coach Karen Dean encouraged her principal to buy ESGI for the first-grade team after watching Kindergarten teachers across the district use ESGI. Here's what they have to say!


"Using the Reading Aptitude Continuum [tests] helps me diagnose what my students need. ESGI has simplified my assessments tremendously! It is well worth the investment." Heidi Hintermaier

"I like ESGI because it allows me to articulate clearly to parents what their children know and what they need to work on." Priscilla Stanley

"I love ESGI because there is no paper to keep track of!" Laura Mathis


If you're a first grade teacher and ready to give ESGI a try, sign up for a 60-day FREE trial. Use promo code FIRSTGRADE and get $40 off your first-year subscription price.



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