Common Core State Standards:
Many initiatives measured learning as aligned to the Common Core State Standards
For more examples of how badge systems have aligned assessment practices to standards, please see the following pages: internal standards and national or state standards.
BuzzMath is a platform where middle school students develop mathematics competencies corresponding to the Common Core standards. The project issues Open Badges aligned to these standards as students complete activities on buzzmath.com.
The BuzzMath team from the small software development firm Scolab wants to help students in grades 6 through 8 achieve competency in the mathematics standards included in the Common Core State Standards system. To this end, the website guides students through “practice documents” and “challenge documents” targeting each element of the standards (Figure 2). These take the form of sets of assessment questions that progress in difficulty and build on learned concepts as they go. They are designed to complement classroom instruction and assessment. In addition, teachers that use BuzzMath in their classrooms will be able to track their students’ skill development through an integrated dashboard
The badging initiative LevelUp is the result of a partnership between Adams County District 50, EffectiveSC, and Intific. LevelUp is a web-based platform for students to map the progression of their learning experiences on their own, personal competency map, with the capacity to take effect across systems and institutions, including “K-12 schools, colleges, extra-curricular activities, or job training”
The Providence After School Alliance (PASA) partners with after school and extracurricular programs to offer quality learning experiences to middle and high school students. In their DML Proposal, PASA described their mission “to expand and improve quality afterschool, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence by organizing a sustainable public/private system that contributes to student success and serves as a national model” (Stage 1 DML Proposal). Specifically, PASA supports the operations and infrastructure of the local AfterZone network of organizations that administer learning experiences to middle school student and a similar network of organizations offering programs to high schoolers that includes a social and discovery-based website called The Hub.
As part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen digital badge initiative in the MacArthur Foundation/Digital Media & Learning Badges for Lifelong Learning competition, Roadtrip Nation envisioned the development of a badge system that would present evidence of students’ learning, skills, and abilities to colleges and employers. Roadtrip Nation is an oral-history program that focuses cultivating the skills of students in communication and digital literacy.
In a NASA-funded initiative, Project Whitecard Inc. collaborated with the Center for Educational Technologies (CET) at Wheeling Jesuit University to construct a badge system for middle to high school students with the goal of promoting skills and competence in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The project designed a badge system to build upon their existing programs of robotics-related educational projects and activities, offering a new way to recognize students for their skills and achievements.
A component of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen initiative, the program, StoryCorps, envisioned the development of a badge system to build media literacy and storytelling skills. As explained on their website, “StoryCorps is the acclaimed American oral history project… helping the country recognize the power and value in the stories we find all around us, teaching the importance of listening and helping us realize that every story counts and every life matters equally” (StoryCorpsU.org).
Sweet Water AQUAPONS is an online platform where students gain digital badges as they learn the skills needed in aquaponics. The Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) developed AQUAPONS to provide self-directed learning opportunities to future sustainable agriculture practitioners and expand the field of aquaponics by creating a replicable model for urban agriculture education.