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Great Assessment Tools for Teachers and Students

Personalized, useful assessment is a goal of all teachers, but it's tough to get it right when each classroom has 30-40 individuals with unique needs. Adaptive assessment -- built-in challenges that adjust to student performance and provide on-the-spot feedback -- is one way to make teachers’ jobs easier and make assessment more useful to students. This list of ELA and math games, apps, and sites collects some of the best adaptive tools that make assessment less daunting and more productive.

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Bugs and Bubbles

Fascinating graphics engage as kids practice pre-reading, STEM skills

Bottom line: Great bang for the buck with all the content and stages included.

Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers

Imagination and science intersect with famous kid scientists as guides

Bottom line: Fun, seamlessly interactive appisodes engage kids in a holistic learning adventure

Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose

Fun story-based, CCSS-aligned math is a great classroom addition

Bottom line: An empowering tool for practicing early math skills through mini-games.


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.

DreamBox Learning Math

Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs

Bottom line: This is a pretty nice all-in-one solution for extra math support and practice with solid adaptive tech, but students might need help with the interface.


Target standards-based skills with dynamic practice and assessments

Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, activities, printable worksheets, and progress analytics, this valuable resource promotes skills mastery through practice.


Adaptive tutorial site helps kids tackle tough math concepts

Bottom line: It's a great tool for filling in learning gaps and for individualizing learning; kids get practice that really helps them grasp concepts.


Useful, adaptive tool for assessing, tracking reading ability

Bottom line: It's very utilitarian, but what it does it does well: getting students test-ready by effectively assessing and tracking reading ability.

ExploreLearning Reflex

Addictive and adaptive games to help kids memorize math facts

Bottom line: If worksheets are too dull but you need the same kind of skill-practice question sets, this is certainly a more engaging format.


Adaptive math practice wrapped in role-playing adventure

Bottom line: Sometimes kids just need some math practice to get things to stick, and Prodigy delivers in a fun format with great teacher support.

TenMarks Math

Responsive and adaptive math practice for every grade level

Bottom line: Adaptive K–12 math practice that hones in on students' areas for growth with lots of potential to empower.


Phenomenal adaptive math games with a killer teacher dashboard

Bottom line: Fantastic tool for flipped or blended classrooms, formative assessment, or extra practice in any setting. It's gamification that really works.

Recap: Video Response and Reflection for Education

Multimedia reflection app puts a new spin on class discussion

Bottom line: By promoting regular self-reflection and inquiry through Recap, teachers can support more authentic learning and self-assessment among their students.


Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool

Bottom line: Engaging, easy-to-use tool that supports both formative and summative assessment while allowing for student collaboration.

Imagine Math

Great adaptive learning comes with live teacher support, unique rewards

Bottom line: A fantastic, comprehensive program where teachers can track progress and motivate using meaningful rewards.

GooseChase EDU

Digital scavenger hunts provide dynamic, fresh learning experiences

Bottom line: Students and teachers will enjoy the powerful learning of a modern scavenger hunt.

AC Math

Comprehensive math resources can help enhance instruction

Bottom line: Quality tools, learning opportunities, and organizable lessons support learning.


Nifty add-on enables audio and text feedback in Google Docs

Bottom line: If your classroom relies a lot on Google Docs, this might just be the feedback tool you're looking for.


Challenge top students with adaptive math and physics problems

Bottom line: This leveled physics and math problem site can be an exciting challenge for passionate students, but may be too much for struggling students.

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