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ETS Announces Winner of Assessment Game Challenge

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Educational Testing Service (ETS) today announced the winner of the ETS Assessment Games Challenge, a competition challenging software developers and educators to create a computer game or mobile app that acts as a K–12 math assessment.

A panel of judges comprised of ETS researchers and assessment developers, as well as external experts from the educational gaming community, selected the winner. Submissions were judged over four criteria: Reusability, Measurement Value, Originality, and Engagement

The winner is “Equations Squared” by Paul Gestwicki of Ball State University.  Equations Squared is a free, browser-based game in which students earn points by playing balanced mathematical equations. Higher scores are earned for playing more complex and interesting equations. The game features achievements that correspond to ETS’s Equations & Variables learning progression: badges are awarded to players who demonstrate high levels of learning, while demerits indicate where players may be struggling.

“We thank all of the creative developers who answered our call for educational measurement games,” says Malcolm Bauer, Senior Research Scientist at ETS. “We are pleased with the gaming community’s engagement in furthering mathematics education and with the education community in their embrace of games as part of a potential future of assessment”

The winner receives $7,000 from ETS and an all-expense-paid trip to showcase the project in a learning and game demo space at ETS in Princeton, N.J. The winner will also have a chance to discuss his ideas in a private meeting with Scott Paris, Vice President of Research at ETS. The winning entry in the ETS Assessment Games Challenge can be viewed at

About ETS ETS, a nonprofit organization, celebrates a 60-year history of advancing quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 50 million assessments in over 180 countries, at more than 9,000 locations worldwide.

SOURCE Educational Testing Service


$10.3 Million for new Games, Learning, and Assessment Lab

New institute gets $10M to gamify education for kids

“The game industry and nonprofits are teaming up to create a video   game design lab that will do research on engaging students and measuring learning … The new Games, Learning and Assessment (GLASS) Lab will be managed by the Institute of Play, a nonprofit video game institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Electronic Arts, and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). It will be supported by $10.3 million in grants.”-  Dean Takahashi