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Study Island Back-to-School Planning Guide

Study Island Back-to-School Planning Guide

Every new school year is an opportunity to make a fresh start, and with Study Island in your toolbox, you can make this the year that you take the way you use formative assessment and practice to boost student outcomes to the next level.

Whether you’re kickstarting a new implementation or reigniting an existing program for the new school year, we want to make sure that you have what you need to get off on the right foot. We’ve assembled our top resources to help you set up things for the new school year, explore all of the features your program has to offer, and learn best practices from successful implementations.

Prepare Your Account for the New Year

There are a few initial steps you should follow to get your implementation off the ground. Our wonderful consultants and on-call support representatives can guide you through this process, but with the help of some how-to resources, you can also do it yourself. While you may have had it all figured it out by last spring, chances are you’ve forgotten a step or two. Or, you may be brand new to the process entirely! Start by taking the following actions using the how-to tours and tutorials found in the Study Island Help Center.

  1. Update your users: Each new school year ushers in new educators and new students. Make sure that your account is up to date by reviewing your Study Island roster. Administrators can head to the Roster Management section to add new users, remove old ones, and update student grade levels.
  2. Refresh classes and deactivate assignments: To get the most out of Study Island assignments and reporting, it’s important to make sure that classes are created and maintained. Teachers can use class manager to update users in their classes and deactivate old assignments. With brand-new, enhanced class cleanup functionality, this should be a breeze.

Explore Our Favorite Features

While you may have used Study Island to prepare students for the state test or to provide additional classroom practice, did you truly get the most out of the program and take advantage of all that Study Island has to offer? Check out the resources below to learn about the features available in the program.

Group Sessions: Group sessions are a fun and engaging way to find out what your students know and where they need additional support.

Test Builder: Looking for a way to create unit tests, interim assessments, and custom quizzes that you don’t have to write questions for or grade? Look no further than Test Builder.

Teacher Toolkit: Full of lesson plans, videos, and more, the Teacher Toolkit is a one-stop shop for instructional resources you can use in your classroom.

Printable Worksheets: Sometimes, there’s value and power in providing an analog resource in a digital world. Study Island offers printable worksheets for every subject and topic, allowing teachers to use the question banks to provide a pen-to-paper, physical assignment for their learners.

Gather Implementation Ideas and Best Practices

Because Study Island is such a robust tool, there are multiple ways that you can use it in the classroom. Here are just a few implementation ideas and best practices to guide you as you choose the model that works best for you.

Marzano-Validated Best Practices for Online Practice: Through a research study validated by Marzano Research that demonstrated the effectiveness of Study Island, we uncovered four best practices to help students get the most out of online practice.

A Common Yardstick: The Case for Common Assessments: There are a variety of benefits to using common assessments within your school or district, and with Study Island, implementing this effective instructional practice is quick and easy.

6 Tips for Ongoing Content Review with Study Island: How do you make sure that students retain what they’ve learned during the school so that they remember it when it’s time for state assessments and beyond? Try using Study Island for ongoing content review and practice.

3 Ways to Bring Fun to Your Classroom with Study Island: Learning doesn’t have to be boring; in fact, students learn and retain more when learning is fun. Check out these strategies for keeping your students engaged in smiling with Study Island.

Learn from Others’ Success

We frequently have the honor of hearing from our terrific customers across the United States, and they’re all too eager to share the ways they’ve implemented Study Island and the success they’ve experienced. Check out some of our favorite Study Island success stories here.

  • Success at Christa McAuliffe Middle School is all in the numbers. From 2016 to 2018, science FSA achievement scores increased from 61 percent of students receiving a “proficient” score of 3 or above to 74 percent. Similarly, from 2017 to 2018, civics FSA scores increased from 85 percent to 86 percent.

“It seems that Study Island made the difference. It finally got us over the hurdle we were stuck at instead of declining. Our scores turned around.”

—Jeff Silverman, Principal at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, Florida

  • Nikki Privett, Fortville Elementary 5th grade teacher, uses Study Island for the learning paths that are created using the NWEA™ MAP® Link integration but also appreciates being able to toggle between that content and on-grade-level practice in alignment with her scope and sequence. Toward the end of the school year, when all the curriculum has been taught, she also turns to the program to help answer: “Who is still struggling with a specific skill?” and then adjusts her instruction accordingly.

“During [student] data meetings, we talk about: ‘What is your lowest strand?’ and ‘What are you doing to focus your attention on beefing up that portion of your [NWEA] score?’ And, Study Island is a piece of that. We track their data throughout the year.”

—Nikki Privett, 5th Grade Teacher at Fortville Elementary School, Indiana

Stay on Top of What’s New

We’re constantly improving our programs based on your feedback. This summer was no different—in fact, we’ve added a brand-new content search page and new functionality that will make creating assignments easier than ever.

  • What’s New Page: Here, you’ll always find details about what has just been just released, and you can also preview what features are on deck to drop next.
  • Register for a Live Webinar: Want to see a live demonstration of all the program enhancements made this summer? Or, maybe you have questions you want to pose straight to our product managers and research scientists? Join us for a one-hour, live webinar!
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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.

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