Assessments for a Digital Age

by Abby @ Quaver on October 22, 2015

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Today we welcome back to the blog Catie Dwinal – Quaver trainer extraordinaire and key account representative to the Northeast United States. Catie shares how provides fun, simple assessments that allow you to spend less time grading, and more time teaching.

Take it away, Catie! 


How will I meaningfully assess my students?

It seems no matter where you go or who you talk to in the field of education, assessments always seems to be a hot topic. A standardized way of assessing is never going to show each student’s strengths and weakness, so how are you going to show student progress?

Imagine giving an assessment to a group of students by simply clicking a button. They complete the questions, click SUBMIT on their mobile devices, and you instantly have results in your grade book with class reports included. Simple, precise, easy – that’s what happens when you give an assessment using

Quaver Assessment Options:

1) Yearly Assessments

Built right into the Quaver Curriculum you will find pre and post yearly assessments  – great for SLOs! The Pre-Assessment (located in Lesson 1 of each grade level) helps create a baseline for students understanding as they enter the classroom. Then at the end of the year, assess their understanding of concepts discussed in class with the same questions as a Year-End Assessment, located in Lesson 35 of each grade in the QK-5 Curriculum. Both are accessible digitally and as hard copy in WORKSHEETS.

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2) Unit Review Quizzes

At the end of every third lesson, there is a five question unit review quiz that helps gauge the student’s mastery of the lesson’s objectives. Students can take the quiz using the interactive whiteboard, digitally with TEACHER ADMINISTRATION or on the QStudent App.
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3) Staff Champion Interactives

What about using one of our Student Interactives like Staff Champion as an assessment? Have students log into their QStudent App accounts on their mobile devices to access this race against the clock challenge that reviews pitch names. Record their scores, and use it as a great formative assessment to monitor their progress as they learn to read music.

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4) EarIQ at

Have students venture down into Quaver’s Lab to discover EarIQ hidden behind the Organ. EarIQ has students identify chords, pitch and intervals – all fun, interactive activities that can be turned into an assessment. For example, you can use the PITCH see-saw to create a movement game or a rapid fire answer activity.

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5) Projects

Why not use one of the projects like the 4th Grade Rap Project as an interactive assessment? Using the handy, prepared rubrics provided in each project lesson plan (located in the first lesson of the project), it’s easy to assess the students in five categories: teamwork, music, lyrics, performance and creativity. You can even turn the project into a cross curricular masterpiece that produces great student growth data.

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How do you use Quaver and technology to assess?

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