The days of the old paper-and-pencil assessments are soon coming to an end. The only way we can offer each and every student an equal and fair education opportunity is to utilize the best digital resources available.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS) shares this focus of fully integrating technology in the classroom. In a groundbreaking decision, the CCSS adopted two Computer-Based Testing (CBT) methods, PARCC and Smarter Balanced, to assess the progress and mastery of its standards. This is a massive (and positive) shift in the education world, and one we believe is well overdue.
The Key to Success is Preparation and Familiarity
If educators can agree on one thing, it is that we hate to see assessments throwing brand new concepts and styles at kids without showing them how or what skills are needed to be successful. But, because most schools do not yet offer CBT assessments, many students still have never seen or taken a PARCC or Smarter Balanced-style assessment.
To combat this, Wowzers emulates and models the Common Core CBT assessment styles to foster student familiarity and preparedness. More importantly, this familiarity allows the students to firmly apply the concepts they have learned on the official Common Core assessments without being taken off guard by a new style or function.
Interactive Manipulatives and Math-in-Writing prompts in an Assessment? Believe it!
You may be asking, Other than just entering an answer into the keyboard, what exactly sets a CBT apart from traditional pencil-and-paper assessment types?
The digital capabilities of CBT assessments go far beyond typing numbers and hitting enter repeatedly. Students must utilize interactive manipulatives, requiring students to click, select, or drag items just as they may on a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or iPad at home. We love, and adopted, these methods because they introduce the basic schema needed to scaffold the how and why of the math concept, while adding fun animations and real-life examples to further engage and enrich the students learning.
Dont just take our word for it, check out this video to see our PARCC and Smarter Balanced-style assessments in action!
The tide of educational assessment is changing, so dont get caught holding the pencil-and-paper. Wowzers has the Common Core content and interactive solution your school or district needs to master CBT assessments.