The Latest Assessment Tools
The SchoolLogic Web-based Student Management System includes the
TeacherLogic Portal (www.schoollogic.com) which features an online
gradebook that lets teachers enter grades, multiple assignments,
daily and period attendance, tasks, and course comments by class or
student. Educators can calculate final grades using a wide variety of
weighting schemes and output a variety of reports and report cards
using the powerful reporting services.
New adaptive diagnostic
PLATO Learning (www.plato.com) has
introduced two new assessment solutions:
Accucess is an adaptive diagnostic assessment
that determines student proficiency
and achievement in key subject areas; flexTest is a quiz and test builder
that allows teachers to build assessments from scratch to use within a
variety of learning applications. Both products now have an improved
ability to modify tests.
iParadigms, maker of Turnitin products,
has integrated Educational
Testing Service’s (ETS) e-rater
grammar-checking technology into
GradeMark, the paperless grading
portion of Turnitin’s plagiarism
solution. The integration offers a
complete online mark-up tool that
provides teachers with instant diagnostic feedback on students’ grammar,
usage, mechanics, style, and spelling.
links to NOCTI
ClassLink ClassMate for Career and Technical
Education, Adult Education, Alternative Education,
and Special Education organizations, includes NOCTI
assessment data, letting users import and analyze student NOCTI
scores and create individualized and summary reports. Plus ClassMate
also provides the ability to access and analyze student data from both
NY and PA Benchmark and Summative Exams.
Partnership links clickers
with assessment tool
eInstruction (www.einstruction.com) recently partnered with
Riverside, the assessment division
of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
eInstruction’s CPS systems are now integrated with Riverside’s
Edusoft Assessment Management System, which helps
schools administer district benchmark and classroom tests.
Formative assessment for
The Acuity InFormative Assessment, available for high
school, emerges directly from the Common Core State
Standards (CCSS). Features include: accurate measurements
of what students know and are able to do in key
academic subjects; critical college and career readiness
skills; CCSS with new, rigorous, real-world, and interactive
assessments; and more. Available for English language
arts and mathematics, Grade 9–12.
Lexia Reading Version 8 predicts student
performance on grade-level assessments
and prescribes the intensity of instruction
needed to improve student performance.
A new iPhone app also gives teachers access to student
Capture scanned data
Apperson (www.appersonedu.com) test scanners scan teacher-
made tests right into their
DataLink software, which produces
a variety of reports to help
teachers better understand student
most recent update to their DataLink software provides the
ability to download the state and Common Core standards.
Learning resources adds
math & English content
2011 (www.compasslearning.com) adds new math
and English language arts
including hundreds of interactive,
Common Core standards-
aligned activities and quizzes, along with historically
current new content in High School Social Studies.
21st Century Skills
New this fall for Learning.com’s 21st Ctentury Skills
Assessment is the capability to prescribe lessons from
EasyTech technology literacy curriculum to meet gaps identified
in the assessment. 21st Century Skills Assessment is an
authentic, online assessment that provides psychometrically
valid data on students’ skills, aligned to the ISTE NETS-S.
The OnCourse (www.oncoursesystems.com) Student Stats
Data Analysis Tool is a consolidated data warehouse for
all district assessment data, like state test scores, local
formative and summative test results, and teacher-administered
Reading program adds
more grade levels
Voyager’s (www.voyagerlearning.com) VocabJourney is an
interactive, Web-based reading tool to help students boost
their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Originally offered
only to students in Voyager’s high school reading intervention
program, Passport Reading Journeys III, the newly enhanced
version of VocabJourney, is now also available to all levels of
Passport Reading Journeys (grades six through nine) as well
as students in LANGUAGE!, the company’s literacy intervention
program (for grades three through 12).
The Pinnacle Suite (www.globalscholar.com)
includes Pinnacle Grade,
the Web-based, standards-
based grading and
solution. Pinnacle Grade
is a platform-independent
application that fully integrates
with a school’s SIS.
The solution includes standards
tracking and reporting,
attendance, and more.
By Vicki Windman
• IEP Checklist (Free): A great tool to
have at your fingertips when you need to
track IEP goals for your students.
• Percentally ($2.99): Many of the IEP
goals are looking for percentage benchmarks
for an assigned goal. This app allows
you to customize the goal for each student
and mark progress using percentages. You
can export your information to Google
Docs so you have a back up record.
• GoDocs ($4.99): This app allows you
to sync with your Google Docs, even if you
have more than one account. It also allows
you to edit on the iPad.
• K12 Timed Reading Practice ($1.99):
K12 Timed Reading Practice lets readers
in levels K-4 practice fluency by reading
short, timed stories.
• Super Duper Data Tracker ($1.99):
Monitor your students’ progress by name,
group, or goals. Track incorrect and correct
responses discreetly and efficiently.
• Behavior Tracker Pro (29.99): This
app tracks behaviors and automatically
graphs them. Supports unlimited number of
children and observers.
• Teacher Assistant Pro ($3.99): Keeps
track of student actions, behavior, infractions,
and achievements in the classroom.
• SMART Response VE: If you use a
SMART Board, this tool will allow you
gain immediate insight into student understanding.
• PAR Assessment Toolkit (Free): The
scoring modules allow for conversion from
raw scores to T scores for our most popular
• Google Docs Administrator Classroom
Evaluation Tool template.: Add this to your
GoDocs as a template to evaluate teachers.
Vicki Windman is a special education
teacher at Clarkstown High School South.
ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT RESOURCES
• American Education Corporation
• Blackboard (www.blackboard.com)
• Carnegie Learning
• COREK12 (http://corek12.com/)
• Curriculum Associates
• Discovery Education Assessment
• Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Imagination
• K12 (www.k12.com)
• Kaplan, Reading and Math
• McGraw-Hill Education
• MindPlay RAPS (www.mindplay.com)
• Pearson Assessment
• Peoples Education
• Princeton Review
• Recorded Books, Plugged-in to
• Schoolnet (www.schoolnet.com)
• Scholastic 180
• Scientific Learning, Fast ForWord
• Renaissance Learning
• Summit Interactive, GraspMath
Interactive Video Tutor
• Wireless Generation