All Quill activities are aligned with both Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Readability scores, in order to help teachers gauge approximate activity level and difficulty for all of our activities.

On our Activity Library page, teachers have the option to filter by level (on the left-hand side of their screen) when looking for activities to assign. The two "Level" filters Quill uses are the Readability Grade Level filter and the CCSS Grade Level filter.

The Readability filter sorts all activities by a grade level score based on a series of text complexity systems, such as Lexile, Renaissance ATOS, and the Common Core standards. Since Quill activities focus on building writing skills, using a text with a lower Readability level is sometimes beneficial as it enables students to practice the writing skill.

The CCSS filter sorts all activities by Common Core State Standard level and other classifications, such as Benchmark Assessments. Teachers have the option to assign activities from any CCSS or Readability level, or other classification based on their students’ needs.

Teachers will always have access to activities at all levels, because these standards do not always align with the development stages of students. Moreover, different schools teach different grammar concepts at different times. For example, we have found that our 2nd-grade CCSS materials are popular among middle schools. Relative pronouns, a 4th-grade CCSS concept, are often taught in high schools.

Quill's Grading Logic, a mastery-based system, also reflects the idea that students learn at their own pace. The student’s overall mastery status is the student’s overall average score across all of the Quill activities. 

For Premium users, the Common Core standards page, found under "Student Reports" > "Standards," shows teachers how students have performed on each standard. 

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