Website review by Jennifer Sitkin, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2016


Powerful formative assessment tool tracks achievement of standards

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Pros: Streamlines the creation and collection of formative assessment data to support student learning and prepare them for standardized testing.

Cons: The majority of the assessments and assignments are for ELA and math, with limited resources available for other subject areas.

Bottom Line: Efficient platform supports teachers who are expected to assess and track student progress on meeting standards.

Teachers can use Edulastic with all students if they are required to -- or want to -- track assessment data related to standards. Teachers should help students register in class to ensure that everyone is able to use the program. In addition, for classrooms with 1-to-1 devices, it would be beneficial to have students take some assessments in class to allow for questions and practice. Once all students understand how to navigate the program, teachers can share assessments both in and out of class. 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. Teachers can use Edulastic seamlessly with Google Classroom and Clever. Teachers are able to preview assessments and review questions from the student's perspective and assign flexible points as they target their individual class needs. 

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Edulastic is a web-based platform designed to help teachers assess and monitor students as they work toward mastery of standards. The program is free and easy to use. Teachers register with an email and a password. Once registered, they set up their classes and begin creating assignments to assess student learning. Assignments can be developed either by using open-source resources provided by the site or by creating original assessments with a variety of question options. The options mirror the types of items students will see on the SBAC and PARCC tests (multiple choice, essay, drag and drop, label an image, etc.). There are over 30 interactive question types, and 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. Paid accounts allow for advanced reports and some bonus features, such as more assignment options and text-to-speech options for students.

Edulastic is an effective tool for assessing student progress on standards-based concepts and skills. Benefits of the program include real-time scoring of assessments, identification of students who need intervention or remediation, access to standards-aligned assessments, a variety of questions, opportunities for students to practice taking online assessments, and performance summaries that can be shared with relevant stakeholders. It's important to note that while Edulastic is a valuable tool in the implementation of Common Core standards, teachers will still need to develop curriculum and use appropriate instructional strategies to help students learn a concept or master a skill.

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Online assignments often increase student interest in work completion. Assessment data will identify student performance levels and allow for targeted instruction. The design is a bit busy, and search offers mixed results.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Immediate feedback provides teachers with data to identify students who need remediation, or standards that need to be re-taught to the entire class. Assessment options are designed to prepare students for SBAC and PARCC testing. 

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

Registration is easy, and the site has directions to help users navigate the program. Customer support is responsive to questions, concerns, and feedback. 

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Jennifer Sitkin Classroom teacher

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Margaret B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
The Vail High School
Vail, United States
Powerful Assessments and Grading Made EASY!
This is the best testing program that I can use that closely mirrors the mandated state tests. I can use vetted assessments, edit already created assessments or create my own standard-based tests. I can then assign an assessment and students receive instant feedback - including a rationale for problems answered incorrectly. For a time-strapped teacher looking for quality assessments to assign digitally - this is a great app. Caveat - STUDENTS QUICKLY FOUND WAYS TO CHEAT ---users beware. Use a l ...
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Data Safety
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Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
Users cannot interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
Profile information is shared for social interactions.
Data Rights
What rights do I have to the data?
Opt-in consent is requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
Users can control their information through privacy settings.
Users can create or upload content.
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Data are not shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
Traditional or contextual advertisements are not displayed.
Behavioral or targeted advertising is not displayed.

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