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Assessment Games: A Design Challenge!


With the rise in popularity of games based learning, we are hearing more and more about game based assessment.  Though we believe that students learn a great deal and exercise their “problem solving” muscles from playing well designed games, it’s a hard thing to quantify!  In response to this challenge, many organizations are supporting research and development endeavors and are looking to you, expert educators, for guidance.

Specifically, ETS,  designers of the SAT, the GRE and the AP examinations is pleased to announce the official launch of the ETS Assessment Games Design Challenge!  ETS is encouraging game developers and educators to create a math assessment task in the form of a game. One grand prize winner will receive $7,000 and the winner and thee runners-up will receive an all-expense-paid trip to showcase the winning project in a learning and games demo space at ETS in Princeton, N.J.

ETS 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 a field of mathematics in grades K–12. The ETS Assessment Games Challenge features three categories of entry:


•             Variables and Equality Learning Progression (approximately grades 5–9)

•             Linear Functions Learning Progression (approximately grades 7–10)

•             Open entry for another Learning Progression in any other K–12 mathematical content


The ETS Assessment Games Challenge will accept entries from May 1, 2012, through August 17, 2012. Complete guidelines and details on how to enter are available at

Many BrainPOP Educators are embracing games based learning, so we thought you’d be interested in knowing about an opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge.