Review by Jennifer Sitkin, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2016

Edulastic

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 one-to-one 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 a variety of standards support 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. School and district paid accounts allow for advanced reports, additional items, and increased security and technical support. 

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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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Overall Rating
4

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
4

Online assignments often increase student interest in work completion. Assessment data will identify student performance levels and allow for targeted instruction.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
4

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 Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
5

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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Kenneth W. , Classroom teacher
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Oxon Hill Middle School
Fort Washington, MD
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A Free, Fabulous Assessment Builder!

Edulastic is a fabulous assessment tool that allows the user to create formative and summative assessments using a wide array of question types. Once students complete the assessment, data is visible to aid in evaluating the instruction and developing interventions. This website affords educators the ability to create open-ended questions for students to visualize their thinking.

If you are an educator that is not comfortable creating assessments, Edulastic is not for you. While there are assessments that are available, they are mainly for ELA or Math. It will take time to create an assessment, but the time to setup is worth it to fashion assessments that meets the needs of your students.

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