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Title: Authoring Tools for High Quality Formative Assessments for Classroom Testing
Center: NCER Year: 2015
Principal Investigator: Jha, Rajesh Awardee: SimInsights, Inc.
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2015-10/31/2015) Award Amount: $147,211
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES15C0017

The project team is developing and testing a prototype of PiGames, intended to be a game-based formative assessment system for physics. The prototype will include a curated collection of pre-existing assessments, authoring tools to create new assessments, a dashboard with progress monitoring, and teacher implementation support. In the Phase I pilot research with 6 classrooms and 180 high school students, the team will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, if teachers are able to implement it with students, and whether students are engaged.