Common Sense Review
Updated January 2015

Common Core Quest

Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Students select from all CCSS in Math and Language for their grade level.
  • Each standard includes links to several videos explaining it and a quiz to assess understanding.
  • Questions reflect the style and format of standardized tests.
  • Students can review their incorrect answers before retaking the quiz.
  • They can share results with teachers, asking for help or showing they've mastered the content.
With detailed videos and challenging quizzes, students get immediate feedback and take control of their learning.
There's only one quiz per standard.
Bottom Line
Test prep made easy empowers teachers and students to focus on areas needing improvement.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 2

Video lessons linked are a mixed bag: Some are engaging, but some aren't. Students earn badges for mastering concepts, but the testing format is rather mundane.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Videos and quizzes focus on one standard at a time, explaining, quizzing, and clarifying until students master each concept.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Teachers can view detailed student reports via the developer's website. Students can review incorrect answers and explanations and then retake the quizzes.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers could use Common Core Quest as a planning tool to find videos to correlate to each standard and then use them for whole-class instruction. They could use it as a pre-test tool to find areas where each student needs additional instruction, and then focus one-on-one or in small groups. Students could also use it individually to work their way through the curriculum for their grade level, asking for help as needed from within the app.

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What's It Like?

Common Core Quest is a teaching and assessment tool that addresses each Common Core State Standard one by one. Students create an account on their own or with a class code from a teacher, and then they select the standards they want to work with in their grade level, for either Math or Language. For each standard, students can take a quiz or view instructional videos related to the standard. After taking the quiz, students see a report of how well they did (with a target of 90 percent or better for mastery) and can review their answers or watch the videos again. Incorrect answers are explained, with a rationale offering reminders and keywords to guide students to the correct answer. Students can retake the quiz as many times as necessary until they've mastered it. After taking the quiz, students can share their results. They can email their teacher asking for help with that standard if they did not master it, or they can inform their teacher that they've mastered it or share their results via email with a parent or friend.

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Is It Good For Learning?

A selection of videos aligned for every standard is a valuable resource that can save teachers valuable prep and planning time. Teachers will still want to preview, as the quality varies for each selection and the links do take students out of the app and to YouTube. The quizzes and rationale for incorrect answers are handy, too, allowing students to work independently and communicate to teachers where they need additional instruction. The explanations for incorrect answers give students good tips for decoding questions and finding the right answers. Overall, this is a handy reference tool and valuable assessment tool for the Common Core-aligned classroom.

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