K12 problem solving assessments

Name Description Publisher
ARC Online Testing System (ARCOTS) Problem SolvingARCOTS Problem Solving tests span several grade levels and are all linked to a common developmental scale. The online assessment is linked to a criterion-referenced reporting module that can directly support targeted instructional programs.University of Melbourne
Brain Teasers from PedagoNetBrain Teasers from PedagoNet includes a range of logical, mathematical and riddle-style problem-solving activities. Www.PedagoNet.Com
BrainWare® SafariBrainWare® Safari software aims to enhance a range of cognitive skills by way of training with computer-game like activities. Suitable for ages 6 and up.Learning Enhancement Corporation
Carnival puzzlesCarnival puzzles elicit K-3 appropriate math problem solving skills through a range of themed story games. The games are audio narrated by characters to help students understand how to play them. Lessons dynamically adapt to incorrect approaches and answers.DreamBox Learning, Inc.
German National Option - PISA 2000 StudyA variety of computer-based simulation tasks were presented as dynamic problem-solving tasks to a sample of German 15 year old students. The results were correlated with traditional measures of problem-solving achievement derived from paper-and-pencil analytical tasks.OECD
Mathematics Series: Problem SolvingA range of mathematical problem-solving worksheets which can be downloaded. Tasks range from single-step to four-step problems. Free materials available or premium materials with payment.Teachnology
MathPickleMathPickle provides free access to K-12 math games, puzzles and competitions for classroom use. Activities are organised by grade level and a range of great demonstration videos are available on the site. Problem-solving skills are heavily emphasised.Dr. Gordon Hamilton
North Shore Creative Problem Solving CompetitionAnnual mathematical problem-solving competition held in Australia since 1994. Students in grades 3 through 8 sit the tests.North Shore Development Centre
Problems of the MonthThe Problems of the Month are developed as schoolwide problem-solving activities spanning several mathematical content strands. These printable problems are each scaffolded over five difficulty levels.Noyce Foundation
Puzzle MasterPuzzle Master Inc. offer classic and innovative wood puzzles, metal puzzles and other puzzle media. Several of these are well-suited to educational settings and the development of problem-solving skills.Puzzle Master Inc.
Super Teacher WorksheetsSuper Teacher Worksheets offers a range of printable brain teasers and puzzle worksheets.Super Teacher Worksheets
VanishedThe Vanished mystery game lasts for 8 weeks. It has online and offline elements. Middle-school children solve problems through scientific inquiry.MIT's Education Arcade and the Smithsonian Institution
World Class Tests - Problem SolvingWorld Class Arena targets gifted and talented students in maths and/or problem-solving. The tests are pitched at two age ranges, 8-11 and 12-14 years. These tests feature extended multi-part tasks which require students to interact with and think through tasks in order to solve problems. GL Assessment

Problem-solving proficiency has become a valued educational outcome in schooling systems in recent decades. This is not surprising considering that problem-solving skills lead to successful outcomes both in specific learning areas such as mathematics and also in more general contexts.

Definitions of problem solving from both educational and psychological research are plentiful. Several definitions explain that problem solving involves the application of cognitive processes to progress from an initial problem state to a specified goal state where the means for doing so is not immediately obvious. This notion of goal-directed cognitive processing is relatively common in definitions of problem solving. However, the problem types, problem-solving contexts and associated learning objectives can be diverse.

Problem-solving assessment tasks can be produced in a variety of forms including, as examples, paper-and-pencil multiple-choice tests, complex technology-based simulations and vocational performance assessments. The assessment of problem-solving behaviours is both challenging and fascinating. Browse the examples in assessmentfocus.com and see for yourself.