The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), in English Language Arts and Mathematics, clearly define and lay down the academic skills that US students need to possess to enable them to graduate high school ready to tackle entry-level, credit-bearing college courses and workforce training programs successfully. The CCSS aim to provide students with a consistent and lucid understanding of what they are expected to learn. Thus the Common Core State Standards will arm American students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in College & Careers.
The Common Core State Standards have already been formally adopted by 46 US states and 3 Territories. Two multi-state consortia – Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)- have been entrusted the task of developing, testing and perfecting next generation assessment systems aligned to the CCSS and have them ready for implementation by the school year 2014-15. Both consortia have roped in eminent educators, experienced researchers and state and local policy makers to evolve a transparent and consensus-driven process. As part of their mandate, the consortia have to offer an online version of the assessments and take advantage of technology for reporting speed and instructional relevance.
EduwizardS, the Online Tutoring, Online Testing and Educational Products Company is fast emerging as a serious contender for a piece of the US educational Assessment and Testing products market. EduwizardS proudly supports the CCSS initiative and recognises that it is imperative that American students have access to an education that fully prepares them for the challenges after high school, as they prepare for college. Consistent with this view, EduwizardS have configured their Assessment Management System to be in tune with the emerging content requirements of the CCSS, driven by a complete understanding of the fast changing technology and academic standards this entails.
EduwizardS is a leading provider of educational services that offers a complete range of customized, cutting-edge e learning solutions for clients in both the K-12 and College education space, consistent with the stringent demands of the CCSS. Our teams of experts include Academic, Technology and Delivery specialists uniquely capable of designing and executing content in areas of assessment including, but not limited to the following types:
- Selected Response Items – Both single response multiple choice & Multiple Correct Options
- Constructed Response Items – Students are prompted to display understanding of a given assessment target by text or numerical response.
- Extended Response Items – Students need to collate evidence to display their understanding of an assessment target.
- Performance Tasks Items – Students need to perform multiple actions as part of a task in collecting evidence to support their claims.
- Technology Enabled Items – Selected or Constructed Responses that include multi-media.
- Technology Enhanced Items – Tasks where students collect evidence through a non-traditional response.
We have expertise in creation, delivery, and management of educational content, tailor made and customised to CCSS requirements. Our teams of experts are geared up to constantly review and upgrade such content within the shortest possible time frame. EduwizardS has fast-tracked the development and launch of its Assessment Management System and has taken all necessary steps to keep pace with and align it to the CCSS. EduwizardS online testing and assessment systems can augment and strengthen the rigorous academic curriculum and demonstrate through their test scores students’ readiness to enter the college and/or job market. EduwizardS can fully complement classroom learning and provide a full spectrum of online year-round assessments, teacher development, consulting services and more.
EduwizardS experts work at the cutting edge of technology and can master and deliver assessment products in tune with the ‘next generation’ testing systems being introduced in the USA to make CCSS a reality.