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Winner of ETS Assessment Games Challenge

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has challenged developers and educators to create a game that acts as a math assessment. The competition is looking for innovative ideas that produce evidence of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in mathematics. The assessment tasks should be based on a Learning Progression for some field of mathematics in K-12.

Two research-based Learning Progressions are provided: (1) Variables and Equality (approximately Grades 5-9) and (2) Linear Functions (approximately Grades 7-10). You are invited to use either of these or supply your own for any other K-12 mathematical content. The Learning Progression is a knowledge framework for building the learning game activities level by level.

Yesterday, the grand prize winner has been announced, and here is the introduction:

Equations Squared

Equations Squared is a free, browser-based game in which you earn points by playing balanced mathematical equations. Higher scores are earned for playing more complex and interesting equations. The game features achievements that correspond to the Equations & Variables learning progression: badges are awarded to players who demonstrate high levels of learning, while demerits indicate where players may be struggling. Complete details are provided in the “For Educators” section of the game’s Web site.

You can view all the applications in the gallery.


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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
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