Short Answer leverages peer-driven formative assessment to close the feedback time gap and increase student agency in grades 6-12. On the Short Answer platform, students construct responses to teacher-generated questions, compare and provide feedback on peer answers, and converse as a class to deepen understanding of material. Short Answer is grounded in best practices of formative assessment, empowering teachers to make more informed instructional decisions, engage their students, and reduce achievement gaps.
Graduate student, Stanford UniversityAdam Sparks was raised by a family of educators in Louisville, Nebraska. He is a licensed teacher with 7 years of middle and high school teaching experience in Nebraska, China, and Chicago. Sparks is currently a full-time Master’s student in Stanford’s Learning Design and Technology program. In his work at Stanford, Sparks focuses on improving formative assessment for teachers and students. Outside of work, Sparks loves to read, travel, and cheer on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Go Big Red).