Common Assessments: An Overview

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Introducing Common Assessments: a feature on Quizizz that simplifies creating and administering standardized formative assessments across a school district. This feature enables administrators and teachers to assess student progress and learning levels in a seamless and standardized manner.

In this article, we will discuss the feature, its benefits, and how it can be implemented best.

The Common Assessments feature is available as an add-on with the Quizizz School & District Plan. To access this feature, reach out to your Customer Success Manager or Sales Representative, or shoot an email to sales@quizizz.com.

What are Common Assessments?

Common Assessments are standardized formative assessments that can be uniformly administered to all students within a specific grade level or course across an entire school district. In essence, they provide useful insights into overall student understanding and progress, regardless of the school or teacher administering them.
This feature offers a streamlined approach to creating, distributing, and evaluating these assessments. It also allows administrators and teachers to collaboratively design assessments aligned with district or school standards.

How does this feature work?

Common Assessments follow this sequence:

  1. An administrator creates and schedules a Common Assessment, then shares it with their team of teachers and in their district
  2. A teacher administers the prescribed Common Assessment to their class during the scheduled time
  3. Students participate in the teacher-facilitated Common Assessment
  4. 48 hours after the Common Assessment ends, the administrator can access its reports and results

Benefits of Common Assessments

The introduction of Common Assessments brings a plethora of advantages to the educational ecosystem:

  • Student-Centered Learning: With various standards-aligned question types, these assessments offer students multiple ways to demonstrate their understanding, catering to diverse learning styles and needs
  • Timely Instructional Adjustments: Common Assessments provide valuable insights into student performance that can inform instructional adjustments before state and district assessments
  • Enhanced Teacher Collaboration: Educators can share insights and strategies by working together to design and analyze assessments, fostering a more unified and effective teaching approach
  • Data-Driven Instruction: Analyzing assessment results enables school districts to tailor instruction across schools, teachers and students, improving overall educational outcomes

Best practices for implementing Common Assessments

To maximize the benefits of Common Assessments, educators should:

  • Identify critical learning standards: Concentrate on the essential things students should learn at each grade level

  • Plan backwards: Plan lessons and curriculum with the final goals in mind, using assessments to help guide and change teaching methods

  • Work together on assessment development: Collaborate with others to make, share, and understand assessments, using everyone's knowledge to help students learn better

  • Use data to decide: Evaluate assessment results often to see patterns, change teaching when needed, and give extra help to students who need it

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