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Best Common Core Apps and Websites for Teachers

Teaching the Common Core State Standards can be challenging: From lesson planning to instruction to assessment, there's a lot to learn and manage. Thankfully, these apps and websites make things easier. From calendaring to creating CCSS exit tickets and formative assessments to designing CCSS-aligned units, there's something for everyone on this list. There's also a collection of instructional tools for ELA and math that provide students with engaging, CCSS-aligned lessons, games, and interactives that'll help students achieve mastery of core skills.

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Planning and Assessment Resources

BetterLesson

Exemplary lessons, strategies, and coaching from master teachers

Bottom line: Take advantage of the offerings of this professional community to improve the quality of your classroom instruction.

Common Curriculum

Sleek lesson planner replaces bulky binders, promotes collaboration

Bottom line: Flexible and collaborative lesson planning, calendar design, and classroom site creator save teachers precious time.

Goalbook Toolkit

Set tailored targets with pricey but worth-it kit of tools, strategies

Bottom line: You pay for quality with Goalbook Toolkit, including access to clear, well-crafted learning goals and strategies that allow for far easier differentiation.

Common Core Quest - Math and ELA Quizzes

Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment

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

Edulastic

Powerful standards-based assessment tool tracks student progress

Bottom line: An efficient platform for helping teachers assess and track student progress on meeting standards and building understanding along the way.

Goalbook Pathways

Helpful differentiating tool for CCSS has room to grow

Bottom line: Currently a rich reference for teachers looking to demystify differentiation and CCSS, Goalbook Pathways will be truly worth the investment when it's also a place for creation.

Edcite

Solid tool for creating CCSS-aligned assignments and assessments

Bottom line: If you're an online assessment geek, look no further for your go-to interactive questions tool.

JumpRope

Upgrade your grading with tool for mastery-based tracking

Bottom line: For those trained in standards-based grading, a solid way to collect, track, and report mastery-based achievement.

Instructional Resources for ELA and Math

IXL

Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills

Bottom line: Students can improve targeted skills with tons of practice modules and visually appealing tasks.

Literably

Simple and useful reading fluency assessment tool frees up teacher time

Bottom line: Some districts may find this to be a cost-effective, time-saving option for reading records.

Freckle

Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments

Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics; mindful teachers will find it a valuable resource to promote skills mastery through practice.

LearnZillion

Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers

Bottom line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs.

ReadWorks

Differentiate reading instruction with high-quality texts and lessons

Bottom line: The quality and scope of texts, lesson plans, assessments, and supports on this platform can help facilitate targeted reading instruction in any classroom.

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Newsela

Great stories, just-right leveled reading; now mostly by subscription

Bottom line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles will meet students right at their level, and help teachers bolster students' nonfiction reading skills.

ALEKS

Strong adaptive learning makes traditional math curriculum more useful

Bottom line: For kids who crave a traditional mastery-style math learning experience and have good self-regulation skills, this is a great option.

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CommonLit

Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers

Bottom line: Access a hefty collection of reliable, ready-to-print, leveled passages that allow you to tailor lessons, assign online reading, and track progress.

MATHia

Comprehensive math practice provides teachers with actionable data

Bottom line: MATHia's polished, highly adaptive design and clear, actionable data help it stand out in a crowded field of math websites.

Mathalicious

Toughest palates can't resist appetizing look at real-world math

Bottom line: Easy-to-deliver lessons use real-world topics tweens like.

StudySync

Superb ELA resource features engaging activities, stellar support

Bottom line: An exceptional, ever-growing resource for helping your students become close readers, careful writers, and critical thinkers.

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