Number Identification Fluency
Number Identification Fluency (NIF) is a standardized, individually administered measure of early numeracy that assesses a student’s ability to orally identify the numerals 1 through 99. Number recognition is essential for later math skills.
To administer NIF, the assessor presents a student sheet of numbers that ranges from 1–99 and asks the student to orally name each number. Since NIF assesses a student’s fluency in identifying numbers, the measure is timed.
|Administration Time||1 minute|
Beginning of kindergarten to beginning of first grade
|Score||1 point for each correctly identified number|
|Wait Rule||If the student does not respond within 3 seconds on an item, provide the correct answer and mark a slash (/) through the number.|
0 points in the first five items (the first line)
Scoring Rules for NIF
- Leave correct items blank. Score the student’s response as correct by leaving the item blank if the student correctly names the number.
- Slash incorrect items. Score the student’s response as incorrect by drawing a slash (/) through the item if the student states any number other than the correct answer, skips an item or hesitates with an answer after 3 seconds.
- Self-corrections. If the student self-corrects within 3 seconds, write “sc” over the item that had been previously slashed. Count that item as correct.