Teachers can use Edulastic with all students if they want (or need) to track their students' progress on state standards -- or in any project or subject, really. Teachers should help students register for their Edulastic class to make sure everyone has access. In addition, for classrooms with 1-to-1 devices, it would help to have students take some assessments in class to help them get used to the platform and their teacher's expectations for using it. As students complete assessments, teachers can individualize instruction for those who struggle with a specific standard, or they can re-teach a particularly difficult standard to the entire class.
Consider changing the stakes of how you use Edulastic to make it about more than just rehearsing for high-stakes tests. Try using it with a warm-up question to spark curiosity at the beginning of class and get students thinking about a new concept. Or, use it before introducing a new concept to gauge student knowledge and understanding. You might also develop your own assignments that use a formative assessment rubric. How might you use this platform to support a project-based learning classroom? There's a lot of flexibility here; take a look at a free account and see what you come up with.Continue reading Show less
Edulastic is a web-based platform designed to help teachers assess and monitor students as they work toward mastery of standards. It has more than 80,000 built-in, standards-aligned questions and 10,000 assessments. Teachers register with an email and a password, and then they set up their classes and begin creating assignments to assess student learning. Assignments can be developed either by using built-in questions (from providers like Eureka Math and ETS) or by creating original assessments with a variety of question type. The question options mirror what students will see on SBAC and PARCC tests (multiple choice, essay, drag and drop, label an image, and more). There are more than 30 interactive question types plus support for a variety of standards from CCSS to NGSS to various state standards. Teachers either upload a class roster or invite students to join the class, then they can easily access online assessments. After students submit their work, teachers view reports to determine whether the work met the standard or whether students are in need of intervention.
Edulastic integrates with Google Classroom and Clever. Basic accounts are free for teachers, and a premium teacher account includes additional features like a parent portal, additional data features and reports, and text to speech tools for students. There's also a pricing tier available at the school and district level.
Though it's not especially flashy or fun, this is a handy tool for assessing student progress on standards-based concepts and skills. With real-time scoring and access to a variety of question types and standards-aligned assignments, this is something teachers could consistently rely on to get students practice taking online assessments. Its reporting features are nicely detailed. Teachers can get near-instant feedback about students who might need additional intervention or support, and it's useful that they can choose to share and interpret that data for students, families, and other relevant school staff. It's also exciting to consider how this tool could be used both for formative and summative assessment and for supporting online grading of handwritten assignments. There are nice shortcuts built in to support teacher grading, and there are enough question types to accommodate lots of question types and teacher feedback. Also, premium accounts let teachers reformat the Edulastic site to make it look and feel more like the real high-stakes tests their students will take. Although it's just a visuual change, this could be a subtle but powerful way to help students feel comfortable and grow more confident.
Though it may be tempting to just plug and play these standards-tagged questions, be cautious: some standards-aligned questions are more rigorous than others. There's a big difference between a student acing a bunch of online quiz questions and truly mastering standards, so be sure to balance your own insights and assessments with the data you collect here. Overall, this is a valuable tool for supporting standards-based assessment, especially when used with an able teacher's guidance.