New Interactive Unit Assessments Are Here!

October 31, 2013
Darri Stephens Senior Director, Education Content
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Assessment, Common Sense News, Digital Citizenship, In the Classroom

Assessments. Such a weighty word! There are many types for many purposes – formal vs. informal, formative vs. summative, authentic vs. traditional … just to name a few. And we know that different teachers have different needs, which is why we’ve created a clear and comprehensive assessment framework to compliment our free K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum.

We now offer three ways to assess student achievement:

#1 Closing Questions:

Every lesson closes with wrap-up questions. You can informally assess your students’ grasp of the lesson’s main concepts through whole group conversation. Find them in the lesson materials you download from lesson pages.

#2 Lesson-level Quizzes:

Each lesson has a three-question, printable assessment. These age-appropriate, multiple-choice quizzes give you a quick snapshot of whether or not lesson objectives were met for each student. Find them in the lesson materials you download from lesson pages.

#3 Unit Assessments (NEW!):

Once you have taught all five lessons within a unit,  you can guide students to take the summative, interactive assessments online. The interactive tests include a mix of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, drag-and-drop, and short-answer questions. Students can email their results directly to you. Find them all here.

We’re really excited to announce the new interactive, student-facing assessments. We have worked with experts to develop questions that assess a mix of knowledge gain and attitude/behavior shifts, because much of our K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum covers complex issues that require 21st Century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Each unit assessment covers five lessons through 15-20 questions (grade dependent). About 80% of the questions are multiple-choice, but couched in drag-and drop, multimedia format (including embedded video). The additional 20% are short answer, prompting students to give more individualized responses. Each assessment includes a printable certificate at the end.

And best of all, the students’ itemized results can be emailed right to you.

Use these results to monitor your students’ progress and to plan future lessons and units. We hope that these assessments will help you teach to your students’ needs around a subject that is often nuanced and multilayered.

So which form of assessment will you use?

  1. Wrap-up questions
  2. Lesson-level quizzes
  3. Unit assessments
  4. All of the above