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An innovative, digital,
3-dimensional assessment system developed by the Institute for Innovative Assessment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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ONPAR’s multimedia interface is designed to be accessible to all students, and to provide rich formative information to both teachers and students.

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Address Learning Loss by Implementing ONPAR, a Formative Assessment Program

Understand where your students are every step of the way

  • Use ONPAR to understand student learning.
  • ONPAR concept-based formative assessment complements any middle school program.
  • A 3-dimensional formative assessment system that provides immediate feedback to both students and teachers along with strategies for moving student learning forward.

Accessible Assessment Questions

  • Animations, graphics, and other multimedia representations provide multiple means of accessing information
  • Real-life scenarios engage students in challenging content and problem solving
  • UDL options address the learning and assessment needs of all students
    • Spanish or English audio option
    • Built-in language support through hyperlinks for underscored words
    • Screen text elaborates the task for students who prefer more reading

Together, these features provide multiple pathways for students to understand and respond to questions. The focus of the assessment is on the concepts rather than the language of the test.

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Ongoing, Timely Feedback for Teachers and Students

ONPAR uses innovative scoring algorithms so that students and teachers receive immediate score reports, and learning challenges can be addressed in a timely fashion. Feedback reports are action focused revealing individual students’ results on each aspect of a performance task.

Student reports. After students complete a task, the auto-scoring process results in an automatically generated score report. To support student learning, reports include not only scores but also detailed feedback on the three NGSS dimensions, as well as on common misunderstandings. Students view their own individual reports via the student portal; teachers review them via teacher portal.

Classroom reports. In addition to individual reports for each student, the teacher portal includes whole classroom reports that provide a snapshot of how an entire class of students performed on a task.

ONPAR is a U.S. Department of Education funded project, and partner to Activate Learning, developing computerized classroom assessments to support teaching and assessing students’ knowledge of complex mathematics and science. These assessments integrate into IQWST classrooms, and are appropriate for use with all students, using engaging multi-media content to greatly reduce accessibility-barriers for English learners and other students who struggle with language-heavy traditional tests. ONPAR is designed using the latest college and career readiness standards, including the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards, and Framework for K-12 Science Education.

ONPAR Introduction

ONPAR Overview for Teachers

ONPAR Overview for Students