Common Core Aligned: Edulastic

CommonCoreAligned“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.” – Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conference of State Legislatures

The goal is to align everything so that students and the money have no where to go but Common Core.

Last installment of Common Core Aligned, we looked at NC based Carson Dellosa Publishing. Today we’re looking at Edulastic, yet another example of industry cashing in on the Common Core aligned train.  Edulastic was rolled out by SnapWiz. They’re an eLearning/Digital company. Check out their partners.

Edulastic is on Twitter and their profile says quite a bit:

Make homework a part of your formative assessment process. We help K-12 teachers collect ongoing data throughout the year that’s aligned to the Common Core.

Collect data all year on our kids that is aligned to the Common Core?!
Tell me more. I want to know how you’re mining my child all day every day.

Start by viewing their main website page:

Edulastic allows teachers to create an unlimited number of classes for FREE. Teachers can craft daily assessments and assign them for homework–allowing students to master the Common Core or practice solving central course concepts.

“FREE”, eh?
Nothing is free.  Read the privacy policy. Here’s an excerpt with emphasis added:

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Terms of service are boiler-plate, they aren’t responsible for anything you post or what happens to anything you post. I don’t know about you, but the idea of my kid being tracked using this app or any app like it is NOT Okay with me.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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