An Introduction for Teachers

Problem-Attic gives you a huge database of questions—more than 240,000 from well-respected sources—totally free—that you can use to

  • customize your curriculum,
  • personalize your instruction,
  • do real formative assessment,
  • make the best use of classroom technology, including interactive whiteboards, Chromebooks, smartphones, and tablets.

The program is designed to empower you, the teacher.  You’re in control from the moment you log in to Problem-Attic.  You not only choose the questions you want, you decide how should they be arranged, formatted and delivered to your students, as printed documents, PDFs, links on a class website, or quizzes for Schoology, Canvas, or almost any other LMS.

Selecting questions is fast and convenient, and the output is absolutely beautiful!  While Problem-Attic is an excellent test-making tool, its greatest benefits may come when you use it for daily warmups, bell ringers, exit tickets, group activities, spiraled learning, homework and review.  It really can help with all that and more.

When you’re ready to move beyond printed documents or PDFs, Problem-Attic has an option for a school-wide subscription.  It adds 65,000 original questions, a reading passage collection and graphics library, an editor with “live” math, a scoring app for realtime feedback, and export options for slideshows, Google Quizzes and all popular learning management systems, including Canvas, Schoology, itsLearning and D2L/Brightspace.

A school subscription also provides excellent support for a 1:1 initiative and newer classroom models like blended or self-paced learning.  For example, you can ask students to watch a video at home and afterward provide them with a mini-assessment or practice questions that you assemble—quickly, conveniently, and perfectly tailored to your curriculum and instructional goals.

We are continually adding content to Problem-Attic.  As of this writing, the database has approximately:

  • 35,000 math questions for Common Core, Texas, Virginia and Oklahoma.  These are original questions for grades 1–12 and come from our company’s two decades of experience with standards-based instruction and assessment.  The questions are high-level, varied, interesting and graphically rich.  About 25% are open-ended, multi-step or short tasks.  The others are multiple-choice, though Problem-Attic can automatically convert most to free-response.

  • 95,000 questions from more than two dozen states. These are curriculum samples and released test questions covering math, science, social studies and ELA, grades 3–12.

  • 60,000 questions from NY Regents Exams. These are mostly for high school math, science, social studies and English, though large portions are suitable for middle school.

  • 45,000 questions from three math competitions, NC Science Olympiads, Illustrative Mathematics, Achieve the Core, NJ Model Curriculum, NAEP, TIMMS, PARCC, SBAC, and other well-regarded national and international exams.

  • 30,000 original questions for AP Calculus, AP Stats, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, ACT/SAT math prep., and a brand-new database called Pre-Alg to Pre-Calc, which is a great supplement, or practically a replacement, for your math textbook.

  • 8,000 original questions in Spanish for math grades 1—5. There’s a one-to-one match with the questions in English for Common Core and TEKS, and you can instantly create parallel forms with a feature called “language-switching”.

If you ever find the database comes up short, Problem-Attic has a full-featured editor that you can use to modify existing questions or write your own.  You’ll get the same flexible formatting with your own questions, plus excellent tools for electronic publishing, building your own database, and sharing materials with your colleagues.  Don’t wait to get started with Problem-Attic.  You’ll find that instructing your students is suddenly easier, more rewarding, a lot more impactful and—dare we say it?—fun!

The Problem-Attic Team at EducAide Software
Phone: 800-669-9405 toll-free / 707-554-6505 local
(phone hours are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Pacific time)