Next Generation Science Standards Now Available in Edulastic
Amazing science education requires amazing science standards where curricula, pedagogy, and assessment come together in one place. You can now access the NGSS within the Edulastic app, by Creating a New Assessment and choosing “Science – NGSS.”
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FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — With just a few weeks remaining until mid-year Common Core assessments take place around the country, Edulastic has upgraded its formative assessment platform to mirror the Common Core-aligned tests created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
The upgraded (and still free) Edulastic represents the most effective way for educators to prepare their classrooms for the new testing methodology and formats. Edulastic now includes 23 different technology-enhanced question types, and provides instant scoring and feedback that enables teachers to see which areas students are struggling with, and to course-correct between now and the start of testing in March.
The new Common Core assessment methods pose several challenges for teachers and districts:
- Testing must now be performed using an online system — no more bubble sheets. For many teachers, this will be their first time administering a test using a computer.
- Along with using a computer or tablet, new “technology-enhanced” question formats will be used.
- The depth and style of questions is much richer than those in previous tests. These questions are designed to better test a student’s mastery of key concepts.
This month, Edulastic added new technology-enhanced question types, adding to the existing options that included Drag and Drop, Resequence, and Expression Evaluator. The new question types include number line, matching tables, drag-and-drop classification, evidence-based selected response (or “hot-text”), and tabbed passage-based questions.
One of the features most often requested by teachers is a way for students to demonstrate that they understand how to tackle a question, even if they arrive at an incorrect answer. The latest release of Edulastic includes Scratchpad — the interactive equivalent “scratch paper.” This enables students to show their work in an online assessment using widgets such as graph paper, protractor, ruler, and Math Editor. Teachers can use this critical data to pinpoint key misconceptions and formulate remediation.
“Getting ready for the mid-year assessments in the next few weeks is a huge concern for teachers across the country. Edulastic lets teachers familiarize their students with the new Common Core assessments in a low-stakes setting, in the course of their regular classwork,” said Aditya Agarkar, VP of product management at Edulastic. “The new mandated tests are hard to replicate in a pen-and-paper environment, so Edulastic helps prepare teachers and students as they make the transition to these new tests.”
To learn more about the question types, and Scratchpad, visit www.edulastic.com.
Edulastic’s web-based platform provides teachers and districts with advanced, time-saving formative assessments aligned to the Common Core. Teachers use Edulastic to track student mastery and inform their instruction every day using homework and in-class assessment tools that support their students’ individual learning needs. To learn more about Edulastic, visit www.edulastic.com or follow us on facebook.com/Edulastic or @Edulastic.
Snapwiz Inc. developed Edulastic using its learning platform, which combines interactive authoring tools and context-aware social learning with adaptive technology. The Snapwiz platform is used by some of the world’s best global education publishing companies like John Wiley & Sons, Barron’s Educational Series, For Dummies, & McGraw-Hill Professional to improve learning outcomes for thousands of students every day.
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