About Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project

The CSU/UC Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) was jointly formed and supported by The California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) in 1977.  The purpose of MDTP is to promote and support student readiness and success in college mathematics courses.  MDTP achieves its purpose by developing diagnostics readiness tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and supplying these diagnostic tools to secondary schools in California free of charge. 

MDTP tests are purposely developed and validated by Workgroup members who include faculty from CSU, UC, community colleges, and secondary schools. A part of the test development process is an extensive review of item statistics to ensure that each item tests appropriate knowledge and skill, that each item discriminates reasonably well between stronger and weaker students, and that the difficulty levels of the items are not too widespread.

Since 1982, MDTP has offered its tests and scoring services to California secondary schools free of charge. Individual diagnostic reports are provided for students as well as detailed item analyses and summary reports for teachers. The student reports indicate areas in which students did well and those areas in which the test results suggest a need for further study in order to be prepared for future coursework. The summary reports have been used by teachers to help identify areas of the curriculum that seem to be working well and other areas or topics where changes may be needed.

The University of California (UC) and The California State University (CSU) support MDTP's Workgroup and its test development activities. The California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) provides funding that supports service and outreach to precollegiate schools by universities and colleges in California.

All CSU/UC MDTP tests are copyrighted, and their content may not be used in other test forms. MDTP materials are provided to schools with the understanding that the tests will be kept secure and all test administrations will be scored by MDTP regional offices or MDTP licensed vendors (Daskala, Illuminate Education). All licensed vendors are required to submit scoring data to MDTP to enable the project to send printed reports directly to students' teachers.