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App of the Week: Formative assessment for Common Core

March 21st, 2016

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Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from the editors of Graphite.org, a free service from Common Sense Education. Click here to read the full app review.

Edulastic

What’s It Like? Edulastic is a Web-based platform designed to help teachers assess and monitor students as they work toward mastery of the Common Core standards. Currently, the site provides math content for grades 5-8, with more math, ELA, and science to come. The program is free and easy to use. Teachers register with an email and a password. Once registered, they set up their classes and begin creating assignments to assess student learning. Assignments can be developed either by using open-source resources provided by the site or by creating original assessments with a variety of question options.

Price: Free

Grades: K-12

Pros: Streamlines the creation and collection of formative assessment data to support student learning and prepare them for SBAC testing.

Cons: Focus on standards takes away from more creative approaches to instruction and assessment.

Bottom line: Efficient platform supports teachers who are expected to assess and track student progress on meeting Common Core standards.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.