Penda's standards-aligned assessments offer an engaging and motivational learning experience. These assessments yield comprehensive data that equip educators with the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding their instructional strategies, fostering an enriched learning environment for students.
Hand-aligned to state standards and NGSS performance expectations, Penda includes thousands of science test items along with grade-level assessments and checks for understanding or formative assessments.
Mini assessments are available for state standards and NGSS performance expectations. These five question assessments can be used to gauge prior knowledge, check for understanding after a lesson, provide students with practice for high-stakes test, and offer a students a fun exit ticket activity.
Take a look at this roadmap for how to use Penda Science assessments throughout the year to improve student outcomes
Standards-based line-item analysis reports are available for every Penda assessment activity. Teachers and administrators can analyze student progress by standard. Data is aggregated among all students who took the assessment and can be filtered by a specific class period. Clicking on any individual student score reveals the question, possible answer options, and the student’s response. This detailed analysis is invaluable in determining whether specific concepts need to be retaught to the whole class or whether students need small group or individualized instruction in targeted areas.
I look at the reports. They are very detailed. I can see which students are needing more practice in certain areas. So I can assign more assignments to only those students. So that’s how I’m using it as an intervention.
Science Teacher, Aventura City of Excellence School (FL)
For differentiation in class, it was really helpful. Because the reality is sometimes that two different kids can equally not do well on a test, but for different reasons. So teachers have struggled with what to review, but can’t be six teachers at once. So Penda really made that accomplishable, so much so that [teachers] said: ‘We want this back! We want this back right now!
Science SAL & Coach, Jennings Middle School (FL)
We have teachers that use it for incentives, with the different scores. Not necessarily who got the most right, but the most growth, so weekly challenges, which like I said –– most of our kids here are below grade-level reading so to give them an opportunity to be able to beat their old score when they’re not always getting A’s and B’s on tests, they can show that growth which means a great deal to our teachers and kids.
Assistant Principal, Duval Charter Scholars Academy (FL)
We were specifically looking for some kind of a program that would be able to tailor the program to our Florida standards, and to our district created pacing-guides. We wanted user-friendly things so that teachers didn’t need to take on another thing.
Supervisor of Federal Programs, Clay County School District (FL)