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Fox Letters and Numbers™ measures children's conceptual development on learning milestones in Literacy and Mathematics in the year preceding Kindergarten. This research-based observational assessment is engaging, easy to administer, and directly connects to the literacy benchmarks in Fox in a Box and the math benchmarks in Fox Adds Up. The diagnostic information you gather gives you a window into a child's conceptual thinking that goes beyond simple right and wrong answers.

Subject Area and Grades

  • Literacy (Pre-K)
  • Math (Pre-K)

Assessment Types

  • Observational
  • Diagnostic
  • Formative

Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring

Delivery Formats

  • Hands-on and verbal activities
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Fox Letters and Numbers measures children's conceptual development on learning milestones in literacy and math in the year precededing kindergarten.

Skills measured include:

  • Oral Language
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Alphabet Knowledge
  • Print and Book Awareness
  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement


The assessment model below shows how teachers can use Fox Letters and Numbers to guide children on their learning journey.


  • Developmentally appropriate, observational assessments
  • One-on-one assessment
  • Intervention activities available online
  • Assessment activities aligned to NAEYC recommendations and Pre-K state standards
  • Complete kit of teaching and test administration materials:Teacher’s Guide, Observation and Scoring Records, Activity Cards, Storybook, Mathematics Manipulatives, and Staff Development DVD

Mathematics Learning Benchmarks

Literacy Learning Benchmarks

Fox Letters and Numbers assessments align with the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Early Reading First, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NTCM).

In addition, Fox Letters and Numbers correlates with the literacy benchmarks in Fox in a Box and the mathematics benchmarks in Fox Adds Up.

Teachers can download Fox Letters and Numbers intevention activities to provide additional instruction to students who have scored below benchmarks.

View and download Fox Letters and Numbers intervention activities »

Sample Intervention Activity:

The hands-on assessment activities in Fox Letters and Numbers were designed with the developmental needs of early learners in mind. The assessments come with a cuddly fox puppet that can be used to engage students and help them relax.

Storybooks, activity cards, mathematics manipulatives, and other developmentally appropriate interactive activities assist you as you observe each child in a oneon- one setting. Gain valuable insight into a child's knowledge of literacy and mathematics skills and use your observations to plan instruction.

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