Common Core Aligned: “Common Core Quest” App

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 nowhere to go but Common Core.

Last time, Tabtor. Today we look at “Common Core Quest“, created by OpenEd Inc. and available on your phone.

At the iTunes store, there is this description and a glowing recommendation… from former CEO of ACT:

* Take quizzes to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Math and ELA skills. Fun, free and no ads.
* When you don’t achieve mastery, lets you play videos and games to learn.
* “I have yet to see any other app that ties together quizzing with the learning process itself more effectively.” – Richard Ferguson, former CEO, ACT
* Earn ribbons for each Common Core standard (e.g. “G.C.1 Prove all circles are similar”, achieve badges for achieving ribbons in entire strand (e.g. “High School Geometry/Circles”).
* Let your teachers, parents, and friends know about your badges/ribbons. Teachers see your results in easy to understand mastery charts
* Backed by the world’s largest Common Core-aligned resource catalog: Over one million videos, games, and assessments.
* SBAC and PARCC style questions from leaders in educational content: Pearson Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Riverside, Higher Learning Technology Corp., and OpenEd’s teacher community
* Quizzes for all Common Core Math and Language Arts standards for grades 6 and higher. Partial coverage of Elementary.

It’s more ‘gamification’ learning with SBAC and PARCC style questions based on all the Common Core publishing behemoths we’ve come to know and hate.

Standard privacy policy. They say they don’t share your personal information, however they likely share statistics they collect from the games. What a gold mine that would be to the groups they work with, right?

From their press room:  OpenEd Launches World’s Largest Catalog of Common Core-Aligned Videos and Games

About OpenEd Inc. via their LinkedIn page:

OpenEd is the largest K-12 educational resource library, offering over a million videos, games, assessments and courses for every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard (in addition to other state standards).

OpenEd also offers the first free “modern” (Common Core, SBAC and PARCC-oriented) assessment tool. OpenEd’s assessments are “resource-backed”, meaning each question has videos and games associated with it. After a student takes a formative assessment OpenEd recommends just the right resources for the student to watch or play to gain mastery. This “formative flipped” approach enables universal personalized learning for each student for the first time.

OpenEd reports student mastery against assessments and standards. Unlike other mastery chart analytics, OpenEd makes recommendations on how students can achieve mastery by using specific resources.

While it integrates with all popular Learning Management Systems it offers its own simple “flipped classroom” LMS oriented to using resources. The OpenEd recommendation engine also suggests appropriate resources for each topic in the courses. OpenEd’s recommendation engine improves over time based on student performance.

Most content on OpenEd is free, but OpenEd also allows content owners to contribute premium paid content to the resource library. OpenEd charges these providers a referral fee: specifically a Cost Per Click (CPC) for each access. OpenEd’s CPC model is a fraction of cost to advertise via other Internet advertising with a much higher conversion rate.

To make access to paid content even easier, OpenEd will be introducing a $10 per month subscription model for teachers. The subscription provides a variety of private assessment questions and other premium content. Districts and schools can purchase subscriptions for all of their teachers at a discount, and also get more extensive analytics of student, teacher and school performance.

More from the bottom of one of their press releases, which says they were started in 2012:

About OpenEd
OpenEd was founded in 2012 with the goal of enabling teachers to have access to the best educational resources for their students, with a focus on finding the right resources to teach Common Core standards. To do this, OpenEd has built the world’s largest catalog of educational videos, games and assessments. OpenEd is committed to keeping all content available free to all educators worldwide. For more info visit

There is zero information on the website about who runs this company, but I dug a bit.


The CEO is a man named Adam Blum. Blum’s LinkedIn profile states that, “OpenEd closed what may be the largest seed fund round ever in ed tech in July of 2014”.

Gee, big seed money from where? PivotNorth Capital.

Their “Resource and Assessment Curator” was previously from McGraw Hill and they have a Russian writing code?

The street view of their address (20 South Santa Cruz Avenue, Suite 107 Los Gatos, CA 95030 United States) shows some kind of strip mall.

Their site WHOIS comes back as

Location US US, United States
City Seattle, WA 98109
ISP Amazon Technologies

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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