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Design Principle A3: Align assessment activities to standardsMany 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

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

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LevelUp

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”

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PASA Pathways for Lifelong Learning

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.

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Roadtrip Nation

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.

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Starlite Astronaut Academy in conjunction with NASA Robotics Badges

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.

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StoryCorps U

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).

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Sweet Water AQUAPONS

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.

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Mozilla Open Badges
Digital Badges are web-enabled credentials of learning or accomplishment. -Erin Knight, director of the Badge Alliance
Badges contain detailed claims about learning, links to actual evidence of learning, and they're shareable over the web. -Dan Hickey, DPD Project Lead Investigator
To me, digital badges represent the bridge between formal learning & informal structures. -Alex Halavais, DML research competition winner
Open Badges can help people tell a verifiable story about their accomplishments. -Nate Otto, DPD Project coordinator
Regardless of where you start, it’s more than likely you’ll end up somewhere other than your intended destination. That’s okay. Systems are living things, and your badge system needs to be flexible. You must embrace a bit of chaos in its design. -Carla Casilli, Director of Design + Practice at the Badge Alliance