Preparing Students for Ohio End-of-Course Exams

This week we are sharing stories from Ohio teachers who use Edcite for AIR-alignment. Read our Q & A below to learn how a biology teacher in Bellefontaine, Ohio has been using Edcite.

What is your name?

Joslin Lee

What is your job title? Where do you work?

HS Biology teacher, Benjamin-Logan High School

How long have you been using Edcite?

Edcite had only [been around] for a year, and I heard about it at a professional development meeting for the upcoming biology AIR® test. I started creating questions and tests that summer to use in my class so that my students would be prepared for the Biology End-of-Course Exam given by Ohio. I am going on four years using Edcite, and I love it.

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What problem does Edcite solve for you?

Edcite allows me to quickly see what questions students are having trouble with. I can then check whether it was how I wrote my question or whether it was their knowledge. I also use Edcite for pre-tests to get pre and post data.

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What else would you like to share?

Edcite has allowed me to reach my goals for students scoring higher on end-of-course exams without “teaching to the test.”

Thank you, Joslin, for your Edcite Story! Teachers, you can check out some of Joslin’s assessments below. Make copies for your class or use them as inspiration to create your own assessment on Edcite!

Assessment Links:

Pre-Test 17-18

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chalkboard-620316_640Joslin shared her Edcite Story with us, and so you can you! We publish Edcite Stories so that educators can learn about different ways Edcite is used in schools and school districts. If you want to submit your own Edcite story, fill out our form.

Top 10 Question Types in 2017 (Teacher Tools)

Edcite offers 60 technology-enhanced question types that align with online state assessments such as SBAC (Smarter Balanced), PARCC, AIR, ACT Aspire, and FSA (Florida State Assessments). Teachers can use these question types to create their own formative and summative assessments. This year we also improved our question type designs to make it even easier to create questions on Edcite.

Read on for the top 10 Edcite question types teachers used in 2017!

1. Free Response

Free Response was our most popular question type this year! Our Free Response question can be used across subjects, and teachers are able to add digital rubrics to make grading easy. You will find this question listed as #101 on our Create Question page.

Free Response

2. Fill in the Blanks

Teachers love our Fill in the Blanks question type, which is found on online state assessments. You can differentiate this question type by setting it as a drop-down, drag and drop, or type in answer. All options will be autograded. You will find this question listed as #002 on our Create Question page.

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3. Math Keypad

This question type is always a popular one for math teachers looking for state assessment alignment. It is also autograded! You will find this question listed as #062 (Multiple Answers) or #063 (Single Answer) on our Create Question page.

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4. Essay Response

Teachers can add multiple passages, videos, or audio clips to Essay Response questions. Digital rubrics can also be added for fast grading on Edcite, and teachers can incorporate annotations and comments for students to see on their grade report. You will find this question listed as #100 on our Create Question page.

Essay Response

5. Numeric Answer

The Numeric Answer question type asks students to enter their answer in the box, with the option to write in units. Answers will be automatically graded! You will find this question listed as #066 on our Create Question page. Edcite also offers a Randomized Numeric Response Question (#068). Teachers choose a variable, set a range for it, and then set the answer algebraically so that the question will grade automatically, even though all students will see a different problem.

Need a text version of this question? Check out Edcite’s Short Text Answer question type (#027), which is also autograded!

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6. Drag and Drop – Text / Drag and Drop – Math

The Drag and Drop – Text question is engaging for students and gives teachers a lot of freedom in how they want to set up the question. Images and tables can be embedded, making it a valuable question to use across subjects. It is also an autograded question type. You will find this question listed as #021 on our Create Question page.
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The Drag and Drop – Math question type is very popular because it aligns with online state assessments. Students can drag integers, expressions, images, or text. Teachers can also select an optional grid layout or background image. This autograded drag and drop question is listed as #022 on our Create Question page.

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7. Grouping Drag and Drop

Teachers and students love this question type, and it can be used across all levels and subjects. Teachers have the ability to set up answer choices as text or images. This is an autograded question type. You will find it listed as #041 on our Create Question page.

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8. Select Box Response

This multiple choice question type uses larger boxes for answer choices. Teachers can set multiple correct answers and include images or graphs as answers. This autograded question type is listed as #004 on our Create Question page.

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9. Match Text-to-Text

Students have a lot of fun with this question type as they show their learning! Students match items from two lists, and Edcite autogrades their answers. You will find this question type listed as #041 on our Create Question page.

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10. Tabular Checkbox Answer

This question type appears on many online state assessments. Teachers can set up the table with multiple questions or problems and answers. You will find this autograded question listed as #010 on our Create Question page.

Elementary Math Tabular Choice



What is your favorite question type on Edcite? Share on social media with the tag #EdciteQuestionType!

Environmental Science Journal for Kids Contest (Science and ELA Teachers)

Enter the Edcite – Environmental Science Journal for Kids Contest for a chance to win a $30 Starbucks gift card!

Environmental Science Journal for Kids adapts scientific research for a student audience. Their founder Tanya Dimitrova says, “Environmental Science Journal for Kids exists because young people have the right to know about the state of the world they are inheriting from us!” 

Edcite partnered with this amazing resource last year (read about our partnership). Now we are excited to offer our teachers this contest!

How to Enter the Contest
The contest runs from October 17 – November 17.

1. Pick an Environmental Science Journal for Kids article.

2. Use the article to create an Edcite assignment for either elementary, middle school, or high school.

3. Add the SJEdcite2017 tag to the end of the assignment title.

4. Share it into the Edcite public library.

5. Assign it to students & spread the word to other teachers.

Teachers whose assignments have the most student submissions in elementary, middle school, and high school by 11:59pm on November 17 will win! Three teachers in each school level will receive a $30 Starbucks gift card.

For more details, please visit our help document about the contest.

Good luck!

Top 10 Assignments in September (Teacher Resources)

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In September students submitted over 176,000 completed assignments on Edcite! Read on for the ten assignments with the most submissions in September. Click on the assignment name to view them. You can make a copy of any of these assignments and customize them to fit the needs of your class.

1. Nonfiction Article – The Kudzu Plant: 1000 submissions

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2. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 660 submissions

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3. 3rd Grade Unit 1 Formative RL.3: 600 submissions

sdale grade 3 formative


4. Too Much Soda – ELA.RI.5.2 – ELA.RI.4.2: 580 submissions

too much soda


5. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 540 submissions

sam - characters


6. Geo Test #2: 515 submissions

geo assignment


7. 7th CFA Number System 2017-2018: 400 submissions

7th cfa number system


8. Timelines: 380 submissions



9. 5 Themes of Geography and Map Skills: 340 submissions

themes of maps


10. 4th Grade Unit 1 Formative RL.3: 340 submissions

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11. 🎃 Halloween Bonus assignment The Tell-Tale Heart Part 1: 340 submissions

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Do you have a great assignment that you’d like to share with our community? Share your assignment in our Edcite Assignment Library or share on social media!

Top 30 Assignments of 2016-17 (Online Assessments)

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Throughout the 2016-17 school year, 18.5 million questions and 2.3 million assignments were submitted by students on Edcite! Below we have gathered the top 30 assignments with the most student submissions  — math teachers, we hope you catch up next year! 😄

Click on an assignment name to preview the assignment and make a copy to use next year.

1. The Kudzu Plant: 60,000 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; upper elementary

2. Too Much Soda: 52,000 submissions

main ideas and details practice; upper elementary

3. The Lion and The Mouse: 49,000 submissions

reading comprehension; 3rd grade

4. Figurative Language Practice: 43,000 submissions

multimedia ELA practice; middle school

figurative language assignment

5. The Black Pearl: 40,000 submissions

video and passage comparison; middle school

6. Timelines: 32,000 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

7. Excerpt from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: 27,000 submissions

reading comprehension; upper elementary

8. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 25,500 submissions

ELA formative assessment; elementary

9. Government: 24,500 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

government assignment

10. Overcoming Adversity: 23,000 submissions

text structure and justifying a claim practice; middle school

11. Yosemite National Park: 21,000 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension with multimedia; middle school

12. Geography Skills: 20,500 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

geography assignment

13. Early Civilizations 1: 20,300 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

14. Adaptation: 19,800 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 3rd grade

15. What Is Climate Change?: 190,700 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 4th grade

16. Sweethearts: 19,700 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 3rd grade

17. Nonfiction Text Organization: 19,400 submissions

cause and effect, main idea and details, topic sentences practice; elementary

cause and effect assignment

18. How the Leaves Came Down: 19,000 submissions

poetry assignment; upper elementary

19. The Story That Has No End: 18,300 submissions

fable assignment; upper elementary

20. Totally Twisters: 18,000 submissions

interpreting visual information assignment; upper elementary

21. Historical Thinking and First Ohioans: 17,800 submissions

social studies assignment; elementary

22. Human Geography: 16,600 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

human geography assignment

23. Early Civilizations 2: 16,400 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

24. Economics Concepts: 16,200 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

25. Teeth: 15,600 submissions

reading information assignment; 3rd grade

26. Penguin Chicks: 15,000 submissions

speaking and listening standards practice; 4th grade

27. The Moon: 13,300 submissions

poetry assignment; upper elementary

the moon poetry assignment

28. American Revolution and New Nation: 13,000 submissions

social studies assignment; elementary

29. Segregation and Civil Rights: 12,800 submissions

ELA lesson; middle school

30. The Road Not Taken: 12,400 submissions

poetry assignment; middle school

Extraordinary Edcite Teachers

We are full of gratitude for our extraordinary teacher community and wish all teachers a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Below we have highlighted just a few of the teachers who have inspired us this year.

Positive Teachers 

Rocky River City Schools teachers

Jana Mitchell has just begun to dive into Edcite and her excitement is overwhelming. Not only did she create her final for her kids, she is now working on getting all of her chapter tests into Edcite for next year. She asks many questions, and I am so grateful that I can help her use this tool the way she wants. So excited to have another person share my love of Edcite!!!!! – Joslin Lee, Biology Teacher, Benjamin Logan High School and Edcite Evangelist

I want to thank all of the teachers in Rocky River City Schools. I helped our team member Julia Sweeney lead a district-wide PD, and the teachers there are incredibly professional, collaborative, and willing to learn new technology skills. – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Brianne Huber is an Edcite Schools teacher from Dover Intermediate School in Westlake, Ohio, who is becoming an expert in creating content on Edcite so that she can better prepare her students for the Ohio State Test. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

I was able to meet our Teacher of the Month Maria Sohns at Sunman-Dearborn Middle School in Indiana. Her students use digital programs, including Edcite, every day and are completely engaged in learning language arts! Her students are curious, knowledgeable, and very respectful. She’s done a stellar job as a teacher! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Carita Carryl introduced Edcite to her 9th grade students at West Boca High School in Boca Raton, Florida. This technology-enhanced practice helped students prepare for the type of questions they were required to answers on the FSA. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Super Content Creators

Teacher Rachel Brown

Jessica Beckford, a teacher at McArthur High School in Broward County, Florida has created exceptional high school math content and gives her students authentic practice for the FSA. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Pam Sever, a science teacher at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, California has truly impressed me this year! She has been creating really engaging science assignments on Edcite and has shared her expertise with her entire science team. – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Melissa Runyon has given lots of great feedback on improving writing in Edcite for students and teachers. She also creates lots of wonderful middle school English content for Bryant Public Schools! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Rachel Brown is a 6th grade language arts teacher at Dekalb Middle School in Indiana who has created very strong content for her entire team. She is an Edcite pro! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Joseph Winters from Four Corners High School, part of the Charter Schools USA network, has created an entire writing curriculum in Edcite Schools, helping prepare his students for the FSA writing exam. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Carissa Stevens is a math teacher at Logan-Hocking Middle School in Ohio who has created a lot of strong 5th grade math content and has shared it with the Edcite community. I encourage teachers to check out her assignment collections and follow her on Edcite Social! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Teachers Leading the Way

Christine Salcido and Edcite team member Brian McIntosh

Christine Salcido, Math Department Chair at Pacheco High School, helped set up Edcite Schools in Los Banos Unified School District and has created a MASSIVE amount of great content on the site. She is also great at finding and trying out new features on Edcite! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Opal Ferron, a coach at Plantation High School in Broward County, Florida has not only learned how to create content and assign assignments to students on Edcite, but she has encouraged every teacher in her school to use the platform so that all students have engaged practice with technology enhanced questions. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Shelby Swartout and Kelly Cooper have helped lead Edcite professional development sessions, worked with Edcite creators to make Edcite Schools better, and created amazing assignments to help their students master the ELA and Social Studies Standards. Edcite is an amazing product but having great teachers like Shelby Swartout and Kelly Cooper to create and administer assignments on Edcite makes measuring learning a success! – Courtney Stewart, Technology Coordinator for Mary Blount Elementary School in Tennessee and Edcite Evangelist

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos from Plato Academy, located on the West Coast of Florida, has engaged his entire network of schools in EdTech by creating a symposium where educators can discuss technology that works in the classroom and has introduced Edcite Schools to Plato Academy. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Andress Scott, a Literacy Specialist in Bryant Public Schools in Arkansas, has done a great job advocating for teachers she supports, helping Bryant create lots of great common assessments, and she is using Edcite’s rubric report to improve writing all over her district. Last but not least, she introduced me to a wonderful bakery in Bryant! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Lucy Zarut-Bellon from North Hialeah Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, Florida, is an Edcite Schools leader extraordinaire and has created incredible Edcite assignments for her elementary-aged students. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

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Thank you from the Edcite Team!

Teacher of the Month: Brenda Blee

We are excited to present our April Teacher of the Month, Brenda Blee! Brenda is an exceptional elementary teacher in Nevada, a leader in her school, and a long-time Edcite user. Read on to learn more about Brenda and how she uses Edcite.

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