Alternate Assessment Apps for Eighth Grade

Eighth graders need to demonstrate their mastery of skills in English, math and science.

English Language Arts

  • Required Component 1Key Idea: Reading

Choice Component 1Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.

The student will distinguish facts from opinions. The student work product is a list of statements of fact and opinion marked accordingly.

Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion (free) - Teacher can take pictures of student answering the fact and opinion questions. The app first discusses the difference between fact and opinion. It ends with a list of questions for the student to answer.

  • Required Component 2—Key Idea: Writing

Choice Component 2Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak forcritical analysis and evaluation.

The student will identify relevant and/or irrelevant information when presented with text that has a main idea and details, some of which are not pertinent.

Student work product of a main idea and details with a circle drawn around the relevant information and/or an X placed over the irrelevant information

Reading for Details ($3.99) - Three levels are given based on student’s reading level. Pictures can be taken showing student answering the correct answer.


  • Required Component 1—Strand: Geometry

Choice Component 1Band: Geometric Relationships

The student will identify congruent shapes and/or angles by placing them on top of or next to one another to see which are congruent. The student work product is congruent shapes paired together on a worksheet

icut(free) - Discover a brand-new puzzle to get brain skills to a new level. Goal is simple: cut shapes into identical parts. Puzzles are of increasing difficulty.

  • Required Component 2—Strand: Algebra

Choice Component 1Band: Variables and Expressions

The student will compare quantities of objects when given two sets of objects using the symbols for the terms greater than (>), less than (<), or equal to (=) by writing or placing the correct symbol between the sets. The student work sample shows sets of objects and the symbol the student identified to show the comparison.

Mathpad 3-less-than-greater ($.99) - MathPad 3 is all about <, > & = (less than, greater than, and equals to). MathPad 3 helps build a solid foundation in determining which symbol (greater than, less than or equal to) to use when given a set of whole numbers, fractions or decimal numbers.


  • Required Component 1—Standard: 1 - Analysis, Inquiry, and Design (Scientific Inquiry)

Choice Component 2Key Idea 3: The observations made while testing proposed explanations, when analyzed using conventional and invented methods, provide new insights into phenomena.

The student will compare the results of investigation(s) using graphs, diagrams, tables, or models to show the comparison. The student work product shows the student’s comparisons indicating warmer or colder at each time of day on the table.

Thermometer ($.99) - With the internet connected, an iPad is turned into a location-based thermometer in either Fahrenheit or Celsius.

Numbers($9.99) - Lets users make compelling spreadsheets in minutes — with tables, charts, photos, and graphics — using just fingers. Choose from 250 easy-to-use functions.

  • Required Component 2—Standard: 4 - The Living Environment

Choice Component 1Key Idea 5: Organisms maintain a dynamic equilibrium that sustains life.

The student will identify the function of animal organ systems by indicating the function when given the organ systems. The student work product is matching organ systems to their functions

Frog Dissection ($3.99) - This iPad app is suitable for middle-school students who are learning about organs and organ systems as part of their life science curriculum.

Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.