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4 Things to Do Right Now to Get the Most Out of Study Island for State Test Preparation

4 Things to Do Right Now to Get the Most Out of Study Island for State Test Preparation

State tests are right around the corner, so most likely, preparation in your classroom, campus, or district is well underway. Even if you have a well-thought-out test-prep plan in place, here are a few tips to implement right now to step up your test-preparation efforts with Study Island.

1. Make practice fun with new game-based Group Sessions

It can be hard to get students to really engage in test preparation, but our new game-based Group Sessions make practice fun for students. In race mode, students race to answer the most questions correctly and the most quickly. In challenge mode, the teacher leads students through a competitive quiz, with students earning points for correct answers and quick responses.

2. Shift your focus to science review

With a lot of strong focus on reading and math in the early grades, students may have gaps in science knowledge that are often not brought to light until the grades when science is tested. Teachers can use Study Island to identify where students’ science skills are lacking and then give them the practice they need to improve.

Walton County School District (WCSD) in Florida implemented Study Island in the fall of 2016 for grades 3–8 as a tool to help boost science scores. The district saw Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) proficiency at the schools using Study Island rise as much as 13%.

“There was a direct correlation to the growth of those schools that used [Study Island] with fidelity and used it often,” said Russell Hughes, superintendent of Walton County School District. “We’ve correlated the usage with the fidelity and the growth and found that it is one of the keys to our success.”

At Central Elementary School in Lucedale, Mississippi, intense science practice happens every Monday. Students in grades 4–5 spend an hour receiving targeted science instruction from their teachers followed by 45 minutes of Study Island science practice. After implementing Study Island, Central Elementary experienced a 12% jump in science proficiency on the science portion of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP).

3. Launch a class, grade-level, or school challenge

One surefire way to get students excited about test preparation is to turn it into a challenge. Students can work toward a goal, such as becoming part of the 100 Blue Ribbon Club, as the students at Central Elementary in Indiana do or get to move their star to higher and higher increments on the Blue Ribbon Wall like  students at Fortville Elementary in Indiana.

To get students motivated to prepare for the NWEA™ MAP® assessment, Adair County Elementary School (ACES) in Kansas launched a Study Island Math Bowl in which homerooms competed against each other, earning a yard for each Blue Ribbon and a touchdown for every 100 yards. At the end of each six weeks, the homeroom with the most yards won. With the help of Study Island, ACES met its goals for the math MAP test and exceeded its projected growth.

4. Take advantage of our Teacher Toolkit

Preparing for state tests often means a lot of reteaching and review. The Study Island Teacher Toolkit provides a wealth of resources to help you present previously taught topics in new and different ways.

Also, we’ve recently launched nearly 300 short instructional and guided practice videos for grades 2–8 in math and reading. These videos are called “Taco’s Video Lessons,” and all are available in the Teacher Toolkit, as well as in some Study Island topics.

Want to learn more about how Study Island can support your test-preparation efforts? Sign up for a free 21-day trial.

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Regina Waddell

Regina Waddell is a marketing manager at Edmentum and over the past 8 years has helped both educators and Edmentum employees learn how to successfully implement technology in the classroom. Before her time at Edmentum, Regina spent seven years teaching; two years helping students increase their scores on college entrance exams in the private sector, and five teaching bilingual education in Dallas, TX. Regina holds a BBA from Austin College and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington.