Online Assessments

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are meant to align instruction across the country and even internationally. This toolkit is intended to help school leaders understand and meet the challenges of these standards and—in the process—elevate learning for today’s young learners.

Overview of Common Core State Standards

An overview of what the Common Core Standards are and why they matter

Common Core Overview

A customizable presentation to provide an overview to those new to the Common Core standards

Common Core Myths

A customizable presentation to help dispel the many myths associated with the Common Core State Standards 

Myths About Common Core Standards

Separate the fact from the fiction in regards to the Common Core State Standards

Blended Learning and the Common Core

Blending assessment with instruction using technology-based platforms can help students meet standards  

Common Core and Differentiated Instruction

Instructional relationships can be varied to meet the diversity of student needs while adhering to standards

Common Core Approach to Assessment

While devices are important, the value comes from the content that devices allow students to access

Common Core Approach to Lesson Structure I

The Common Core standards push higher text complexity and higher level Lexile texts

Common Core Approach to Lesson Structure II

Learn how to take lessons further with cross-curricular planning and project-based learning

Common Core Language Arts Overview

Help students reach Common Core language arts' goals and potentially go beyond them 

Common Core Math Overview

Common Core math standards are broken down into separate practices to improve overall achievement  

Math Curriculum Overview Chart

A year-long math curriculum overview, ranking from preschool to fifth grade

Preparing for Online Assessments

Suggestions and tips to better prepare for the future of standardized testing

Standards for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities

Common Core standards provide a greater opportunity to serve English language learners and those with disabilities

Four Pathways to Implementing Online Assessment

This PowerPoint presentation explains the recent history of online assessment in the U.S.

Computer Adaptive Testing

A short introduction to a popular format of online assessment that adapts to the test taker

2018 PISA Results
2018 PISA Results are Released

The 2018 OECD PISA report has been released: providing the most comprehensive international assessment of student learning outcomes in reading, mathematics and science to date. 

Bridging the Digital Divide: Positioning Students for Success on Online Tests

Online assessments offer many advantages over traditional paper and pencil exams including faster turnaround of scores, improved accessibility options, and enhanced item types that better assess students.

The Librarian Lists: 5 Resources for the Upcoming Presidential Election

Timely and quality resources are given in this Leadership Voices post by Katie Nelson. See 5 top resources for the upcoming presidential election. 

Failing Forward

Changing the lives of students means more than interest surveys and assessments. Read Donna Teuber's insights on true growth when students are given feedback and have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. 

The Role of Student Voice in Personalization

Encouraging student voice is a strategy for Personalized learning makes for meaningful learning. View examples and ideas from Donna Teuber.

Parents For and Against Common Core

Elliott Levine explores the testing questions associated with Common Core testing through the lens of a parent. 

Re-Imagining Common Core

As we look at Common Core Standards, might there be a way that K12 Districts can re-imagine standards and classrooms? Read Elliott Levine's reflection on collaborative efforts that can be taken towards achieving the desired outcomes for students and educators.

Ten Ways to Use Discussion Forums to Promote Digital Citizenship and Academics

Discussion forums can be used with students in a variety of ways that stimulate thinking, learning and collaboration. Here are some examples.

The K-12 Blueprint: Produced by Clarity Innovations

Clarity Innovations matches the most promising technology with the evolving needs of education. By merging creativity, technology, and pedagogy, we create powerful learning experiences. Learn More