After teaching high school English for 8 years and grading 15,000 papers, Jeff Scheur (pictured, below) created NoRedInk to help his students improve their writing skills. An online curriculum for grades 6-12, this cool tool builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data.
Using NoRedInk, teachers give formative assessments to establish a baseline of skills for individual students and their class as a whole. The assessment data is integrated into assignment creation, allowing teachers to easily and effectively differentiate instruction. At the conclusion of a unit, teachers can give summative assessments that measure student growth. In addition, teachers can easily filter the curriculum on NoRedInk to align their instruction with the SOL, SAT, or ACT exams.
NoRedInk’s assignments allow students to build a portfolio of written work and engage in a scaffolded peer-review process. These assignments provide teachers flexibility to assign daily practice as well as authentic assessments. On NoRedInk, students see questions that are tailored to their unique interests, increasing engagement. The mastery-based assignments require students to demonstrate complete understanding of a skill before advancing. When students make mistakes, they are given immediate targeted feedback and remediation.
A study by WestEd confirmed that “NoRedInk performance is a robust predictor of end-of-year language growth” regardless of race, gender, grade, and baseline MAP score. It is currently used in more than half of all U.S. districts, and has a free and premium version, accessible through any internet-connected laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or tablet.