The Learning Series is a collection of 15,646 unique, high-quality assessment questions in the disciplines of English language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies that is included with EchoExam.
With questions specifically aligned to state standards, the national Common Core Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards, the Learning Series enables the creation of quality formative assessments and activities for students in all phases of the learning cycle.
State Standards'-Aligned Products
The Learning Series is available as a state standards’-aligned product for the following states:
The Learning Series Topic-Aligned product is aligned to core curriculum topics (i.e., no state standards) and is available for the following ten states:
The Learning Series is aligned to the national Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Learning Series questions are high quality and do not require additional review for content accuracy, age/grade appropriateness, grammatical accuracy, or clarity. Questions are intended to assess students’ ability to apply knowledge to solve practical problems. Even incorrect choices for multiple-choice questions have been developed to mirror common student mistakes. In addition, specific feedback and guidance are provided to help students avoid making mistakes in the future.
The Learning Series emphasizes critical thinking with questions that promote students' ability to correctly analyze situations and apply knowledge. Most questions are presented in real-life contexts that incorporate cross-curricular subjects and contain accurate and timely data. Also, the questions contain illustrations, tables, graphs, charts, maps, and other visuals that provide both necessary and supplemental information for students to analyze and interpret.
More Than Just Questions and Answers
Each Learning Series question includes comprehensive question support information:
- The Difficulty field contains the Bloom’s Taxonomy level and the Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge level to which the question is written.
- The Reference field contains the context in which the question is presented, such as The Arts, Social Studies, Science, Health/Physical Education, Literature, Mathematics, or Language Arts.
Social Studies questions do not include Reference information.
- The State Standard and Learning Objective fields (for standards’-aligned products) display the state standard ID, the national Common Core State Standards ID or the Next Generation Science Standards ID number, and corresponding standard text to which the question aligns.
For states to which the Learning Series is not aligned, the State Standard field is empty. The Learning Objective field is populated with an objective to which the question aligns.
- The topic field contains the category in which the question falls, such as the subject strand or course.
- The Keywords field contains significant words or key concepts associated with the question.
EchoExam allows for the search of each of the question information fields, enabling customization of assessments. Search for questions that match specific criteria, such as standards or keywords. Utilizing the search can quickly build pretests, worksheets, quizzes, exams, and high-stakes tests that focus on selected content.
Literary and Information Reading Passages
The Learning Series provides interesting reading passages and related reading comprehension questions. Age-appropriate, cross-curricular reading selections embrace a wide variety of reading genres, including short stories, excerpts, poems, and original, fact-based passages. Passages are similar in length and complexity to those typically found on many states' high-stakes tests with questions designed to assess higher-order thinking skills.
In addition to independent grade-level passages, grades four and above include passage pairs. Passage pairs contain two passages that address a common topic. All passage pairs in the Learning Series include informational (non-fiction) passages only.