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Acuity CCR Online Assessments

By Charles G. Doe - Posted May 1, 2015
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Company: CTB/McGraw-Hill Education, 20 Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, CA 93940; 800-538-9547; website: acuityccr.com/acuity-online-assessments.html

Price: Cost is based on the number of schools and students involved as well as the number of services used. Contact CTB/McGraw-Hill Education for further cost information.

Audience: While some aspects of the Acuity Online Assessments are aimed at K–12 students and teachers, some are for grades 3–8. It should be noted that reading and computer skills can be a factor in usefulness as well. Three Acuity CCR forms (A, B, and C) are available in English-language arts and in mathematics for each grade in grades 3–8.

Format: Acuity CCR can be administered through adaptive (Smarter Balanced states only) online forms, online fixed form, paper/pencil forms, or a combination thereof. Also available is a suite of instructional resources, enabling teachers to instantly assign appropriate instructional material to each student based on assessment results. Students can receive instructional support at the right time to reinforce, remediate, and/or enrich Common Core skills learned in the classroom.

System Requirements: Acuity CCR Assessments can be used with any desktop, laptop, or tablet computer with internet access.

Description: Acuity CCR Online Assessments are online or pen and pencil tests that are created from a bank of items written to the Common Core State Standards and the specifications of the consortia. Acuity CCR Assessments mirror the blueprint, rigor, item types, and look and feel of the Partnership of Assessment for College and Career Readiness (PARCC).

 

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:4 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:  A-

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Installation is a matter of the availability of computer equipment if tests are taken online and signing up with the company. Installation: A

Content/Features: Acuity CCR Online Assessments are a tool for measuring students’ mastery of Common Core State Standards and help them prepare for assessments. While assessments are available in a variety of forms, the most intriguing are the computer-adaptive tests (CAT), which give educators more individualized results. These adaptive tests select the next questions from a bank of questions based on the student’s responses to previous questions. This can be done for each student in a classroom of students taking the test, with results compiled in reports that can help teachers steer instruction.

Acuity CCR is best administered in this adaptive form in Smarter Balanced states. Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium with membership open to all states, territories, and commonwealths of the United States. Currently, about 22 states are members. Interested schools in other states can still use the service, but questions won’t be quite as tailored.

Acuity CCR Online Assessments utilizes ShadowCAT, an engine that uses CTB’s optimal test assembler to configure the tests, supporting multiple adaptive delivery approaches for the same set of test requirements and blueprints, making the entire process amazingly flexible.

Acuity CCR is administered three times a year, with two sessions for each administration. The first session can be administered online, and the second session via paper/pencil. Each session lasts 50 minutes. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Instructions are clear and the process is intuitive for teachers and students alike. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is available from an online email form on the Acuity CCR Online Assessments website and once material is purchased in other ways on the CTB/McGraw-Hill Education site. Lots of video is available on the website, and a good Vimeo introduction can be found at vimeo.com/104138876. Product Support Rating: A-

Recommendation: The amount of time testing and preparing for tests is something that needs to be considered in each school situation. However, test preparation is important, and Acuity CCR Online Assessments are an outstanding resource. I recommend them for use in all appropriate K–12 education settings. Recommended

Reviewer: Charles Doe is a 39-year teacher including 10 as an elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools, Hastings, Mich. For the last 15 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools. His email is charliegd@sbcglobal.net.


 
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