6 Tips to Prepare your Students for High Stakes Tests

students_standardized_testingWhen it comes to preparing your students for high stakes tests such as PARCC, SBAC, and FSA, it is important to provide them with a balance of activities that will help them prepare for these tests while also alleviating their testing anxiety. State standardized tests measure student progress in the Common Core State Standards with the goal of having college and career ready graduates. By utilizing the following 6 tips, you will be providing your students with a strong game plan for concept mastery and success with these tests.

1. Testing Discussion
By engaging in an open dialogue with your students about testing, they will be able to ask questions about the tests and learn about the benefits. This is also a great opportunity to talk about test taking anxiety and provide ways to decrease stress. You can give your students more time outside of the classroom to play games to recharge and reset their young  minds. Throughout the day and in between activities, you can also allow students to freely use their ScootPad accounts to play learning games and unwind.

2. Daily Practices
Begin each day with a custom practice assignment for your students. You can take a look at standardized testing websites to learn which standards your students will be tested on. Then you can go to ScootPad and easily pick and choose the concepts you would like to assign your students for their practices. You have the option to create manual or adaptive practice assignments.

3. Real-time Reports
Use real-time data to see which concepts your students are struggling with and assign them concept improvement practices for those concepts. You can go to your reports dashboard for both Math and ELA, and you can see the following reports:  standards reports, student reports, activity reports, trend reports, and mastery reports. Teachers can easily drill down in these reports to see which concepts need to be practiced or retaught. The intervention dashboard is also a good place to see real-time data showing three Tiers of students and the concepts that they are struggling with. At that point, you can assign concept improvement practice for your kids.

4. Practice Assessments
Start giving your students practice assessments a couple months before testing will happen. Giving an assessment every week, and covering different concepts, will be a good way to familiarize your students with high stakes test formats. They will improve their keyboarding skills and be more comfortable with taking tests on the computer. You can also time the assessments in class, so your students can get a feel for the testing environment.

5. Literacy Activities
Check out your eBooks library. Assign eBooks and reading assignments with reading prompts, to further prepare your students for the ELA portion of testing.

6. ScootPad Support
For tips and advice on how to utilize ScootPad for test preparation, take a look at our helpful how-to videos or reach out to us!

When testing is over, make sure to celebrate with your students!

Cheers!

ScootPad Team

ScootPad gets Simpler and Easier to Use!

Hello ScootPad Users!

We’ve made several changes based solely on your feedback, to make ScootPad easier to use and to make your experience more efficient. Over 30 improvements were made to the site, that will enhance your user experience. Below, we will take a look at the top 10 improvements.

1. Click and Watch a How-To Video

You’ve clicked on a specific feature, and you’d like to dive in and learn all about it, just click on the video button at the top of each page and watch!

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2. Easily Find Assignments & Assessments

You can narrow your search by toggling through active, future, & past assignments or assessments.

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3. Toggle by Assignment or by Student

Click view by assignment to see general assignment information or by student to drill down further and see the assignments completed by specific students.

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4. Which Concepts Have You Already Assigned?

This features helps you keep track of  the concepts you’ve already assigned your students as homework, and concepts that you might want to assign in the future.

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5. Browse through Reports Quicker!

Your reports are laid out right next to each other, making it easy to toggle through them

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6. Save, Download, & Print!

These options are available for all reports, making it easy for you to save and share reports

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7. Assessments: Review, Assess, & Run Reports quicker!

Measure your students progress between assessments, easily view assessments reports, and assign assessments.

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8. Improved Administrator Reports

Sign in as any teacher to view reports and insights from their specific classrooms.

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Drill down to see how each classroom is doing in Math & ELA

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 9. Tons of Training Resources

Become a ScootPad expert! This entire section is dedicated to help you learn how to use each feature and to make your experience with ScootPad more enjoyable.

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10. Free Resources to Introduce and Share ScootPad

You can now print handouts and distribute them to curious teachers, administrators, and parents to teach them about ScootPad!

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We are continuously improving ScootPad to make it easier and simpler for you to use, and the best way to make these improvements is with your feedback. So, thank you once again for all your input and please continue to tell us how we can improve!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

Learnathon: Winners of the Week!

Congratulations to last weeks Learnathon Winners. We’d like to give a shout out to the following schools and districts for their students’ outstanding efforts in taking them to the #1 spots!

Great work everyone!

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With 3301 hours of learning and a grand total of 88,670 ELA problems solved to date, Ellis Elementary School students are hard at work practicing their concepts and raising their rate of learning. The American School of Guatemala has a total of  747,898 Math problems solved with 14,701 hours of learning to date.

At a district level, Huntsville City has stolen the show, with a total of 3,382,795 math problems solved, 3,423,756 ELA problems solved, and 20,7040 hours of learning. The best part? They’re still ranked #1 in both Math and ELA at a district level! Great job Huntsville City!

What is your school or classroom impact?

The more your students practice and master their concepts, their rate of learning will also increase, and they will be able to celebrate their successes at the Global Leaderboard! Are there any goals you would like your students to hit before Sunday night?

Cheers!

ScootPad Team

My School Community

Have you checked out who else is on ScootPad?

My School Community is a platform where you can do just that! you can connect with fellow educators to exchange ideas, best practices, and much more.

Community 

With My School Community you can now see other teachers from your school and from other schools on ScootPad, opening the doors for collaboration!

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Stories

You can go to Stories and share your unique ScootPad experience with thousands of ScootPad users and show them the impact ScootPad has had on your students and on yourself!

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Map Schools

By clicking on Map Schools, you can see which schools near you are on ScootPad.

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So go ahead and click on your “My School” button and get involved with your school community!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

Read-Aloud: Now available for Assessments K-2

Hi ScootPad Users!

We are excited to announce availability of the Read-Aloud feature for K-2 Assessments in both Math and ELA! Your young learners will be able to click on the play button right above their questions to have the question read aloud.

We are working on bringing the Read Aloud feature to grades 3 and above, so stay tuned for more updates!

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Click here to learn how to create a Math or ELA assessment.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

Very First Learnathon Winners!

Hey ScootPad Users!

As your very first Learnathon competition has come to a close, we would like to give a shoutout to the very first Learnathon winners.

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Congratulations for making it to the number 1 spot this week! Make sure to check out the Hall of Fame to download your award.

Have you checked your classroom Learnathon yet? Sign in and click on the my school button to see your classroom’s ranking in your school. If you made it to the top 3 in your school, go ahead and download your award from the Hall of Fame.

Great job to all ScootPad students for propelling their schools and districts forward in the Learnathon this past week!

Cheers!

ScootPad Team

 

ScootPad Presents: The Global Learnathon

learnation_image Hey ScootPad Users!

Have you checked out the Global Learnathon yet?
What is it, anyway?

The Global Learnathon:  a weekly competition where classrooms, schools, and districts, compete based on their students Math and ELA practice scores. The best part is, your students can improve rankings as they complete their practices, in real-time!

  • Everyone is automatically enrolled in the Global Learnathon
  • Classrooms compete to be ranked as top 3 in their school
  • Schools and districts compete to be ranked as top 100 globally
  • The Learnathon ends every Sunday at midnight (GMT) and winners are announced immediately
  • Winners can download their awards by going to the Hall of Fame

Take a look at this short video and see how it works.

Get started with the Learnathon and watch your students excel on a global scale.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

Introducing: Global Learnathon, My School Community, & The Ambassador Program

Greetings ScootPad users and fellow blog readers,

We couldn’t hold in the BIG news any longer! Although we are launching the brand new Global Learnathon, My School Community, and Ambassador Program on the week of March 2nd, we wanted to give you all a preview of the exciting new features!! 

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learnathon_icon Climb Up The Ranks! 
Districts, schools, and classrooms compete for the top rankings, all based on the number of problems their students’ solve on ScootPad
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Is your classroom ranked in the Top 3 at your school? Did your school or district get ranked on Top 100 globally? Admire your achievement in the Hall of Fame, and accept your prize!
My School Community
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Connect with other teachers and administrators using ScootPad at your school. Collaborate and learn how best to implement ScootPad.
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Share your experience and inspire teachers in your district and the rest of the world! Share tips that worked for you and get valuable insights and best practices from other teachers.
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Find near by schools in your city, district or state that are also on ScootPad.
ScootPad Ambassador Program
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Share ScootPad with other teachers. For every teacher that you refer, you and that teacher will receive one FREE month of ScootPad! (a $20 value each!)
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We are on a mission to provide personalized learning for anyone, anywhere, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help. Refer 10 or more teachers and get recognized as a ScootPad Ambassador.
Look out for these features on the week of March 2nd! Once they are live, we will have plenty of help articles and blog posts to walk you through them. Please share this post with your fellow teachers, to spread the exciting news!
Cheers!
Team ScootPad

Teachers, Parents, & Students can Access Reports!

ScootPad makes it easier than ever to review student progress and share student achievements! Real-time reports are available from all accounts (teacher, parent & student)!

Teacher View

  • Select a subject (from the left) for the report you would like to see
  • Click reports
  • Click on advanced reports and browse through the various reports, you can print and share these reports!
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Here is the teacher view of the class math reports dashboard.

The Mastery Progress Report is a great resource to send parents updates of their students progress in all the common core concepts

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Student/Parent View

Here is the Math reports dashboard for Jane (student). She can look at her Mastery Trend and browse through the different reports to see where she stands with her common core concepts.

  • Choose a subject from the left
  • You will see your Mastery Trend and  proficiency percentage
  • Click on Advanced Reports and select the report you would like to see

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* Parents with an at-home learning zone can review reports by selecting the “At-Home Learning Zone” from their parent dashboard

As always, we’re interested in your feedback, so feel free to send us your ideas, suggestions and comments.

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

New Ways to Unlock Hidden Potential

I think sometimes we are overly cautious when it comes to learning. There is good reason for this cautiousness, as some students do best when walked carefully along the path of incremental success, but become bored at this slower pace. Thus, sometimes I wonder if we don’t give children enough opportunity to face new learning, especially with math.grade_A

A student of mine was finishing up second grade math, so I graduated him to 3rd grade math for his summer practice. I adjusted the learning path to 3rd grade, but I forgot to change the unit placement to Unit 1. Thus, he was actually placed on the Comprehensive unit of 3rd grade, material he’s never been taught before! He was 3 practices in before I realized my mistake. However, he was doing great, with an average score of 95% on his practices.

I realized he was using his mathematical intuition and sense of numerical understanding to attack these challenging new problems. And I am reminded that sometimes, when cast into the open waters, children simply figure out how to swim.

Have any happy mistakes helped you realize new things about your students?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

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