Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated January 2015
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Common Core Quest

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Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • College & Career Prep

Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Math
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
K-12
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Pros: With detailed videos and challenging quizzes, students get immediate feedback and take control of their learning.

Cons: There's only one quiz per standard.

Bottom Line: Test prep made easy empowers teachers and students to focus on areas needing improvement.

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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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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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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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

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?

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?

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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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Lisa L. , Classroom teacher
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Sweet Home CSD
Amherst, NY
Common Core Quest - individualized assessment works for some

This app as a teaching tool should be used in any common-core aligned classroom, but be careful not to over use it because it is limited and the videos / supplemental material (some of it) can be mundane. To have access to this type of app, which targets standards and then allows students to experience questions / prompts tied to those standards is key to any teacher who is looking to see what his / her students can manage before tackling a standard. In addition, those students who are home schooled, on a medical leave, or in an alternative placement, could easily navigate through this app by clicking on the math or English area they require more practice with. The only area that I found frustrating is that it did not read the text to the student. This can be difficult for the low literacy readers who are allowed texts read to them. Special needs students would find the text complicated in the English section. The one area the students liked was the "badges". They appreciated that the app kept track of their progress and encouraged them to revisit areas that should receive at least a 90% mastery.

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