Today, most end-of-year state tests are created to evaluate students' mastery of a set of new, more rigorous standards. The specific state and Common Core assessments measure both student achievement and progress on reaching a deeper understanding of the text they have read.
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Reading A-Z's vast collection of resources supports a range of skills that many students are assessed on under new high-stakes standardized assessments. Every resource listed as support for a particular new standard key topic helps make students more successful.
Raz-Kids comprehension quizzes are all aligned to specific literacy and CCSS skills. Each quiz also comes with an extended response question that requires students to refer back to the text and make inferences. Teachers can easily track students' progress on various CCSS skills through the Kids A-Z teacher management portal.
Technology-based, progress-monitoring tools include performance reports specific to Headsprout. Every time a student uses Headsprout, information about their correct responses, errors, hesitations, and number of clicks is collected and organized into performance reports.
Each Science A-Z unit contains a comprehensive Unit Quiz to test a student's understanding of materials read and to help monitor progress being made. Each quiz offers a blend of literal, inferential, vocabulary, data analysis, and extended-response writing questions. Discussion Cards, Investigation Packs, and Focus Books provide additional opportunities for teachers to conduct informal assessments.
Vocabulary A-Z provides teachers with access to more than 13,000 words organized by specific subject matter and by word types/function, and includes a comprehensive list of academic vocabulary words for grades 2-5. Using any of the words on the site, teachers can create a customized 5-day lesson plan with activities and a cumulative assessment.
Assessments, including those designed to assess state-specific and Common Core standards, are generally categorized into 4 groupings:
Criteria for these assessments include:
The purpose of these rigorous assessments is to ensure that the expectations and objectives at each grade level are the same across every school, district, and state. However, the standards still allow educators the flexibility to teach in ways that meet the needs of their particular student population. The new standardized assessments require students to apply learning in more complex ways. This helps students to better prepare for attending college and for making their way in the workplace.
See how Learning A-Z products help prepare students for rigorous CCSS assessments.