Elementary students sit at a long table, using devices such as tablets to complete an assessment.

How to use Prodigy for formative assessments

Determining student comprehension as you teach facilitates effective instruction, but delivering and evaluating formative assessments can be a time drain.

To simplify this process, you can deliver formative assessments through Prodigy Math’s engaging game-based learning environment. And you’ll automatically track results within your teacher account!

Here are four easy steps to use Prodigy for formative assessments:

1. Go to your in-account Planner tool

Visit the Prodigy Math website and click Login in the top-right corner.

Select a classroom.

Within the classroom, go to the Planner tool.

 

A screenshot showing how teachers can access their Planner tool in Prodigy.
You can find the Planner tool at the left of your screen on desktop. If you’re using a mobile device, it’s at the bottom.

 

2. Set a domain- or standard-aligned Assignment

At the top of your screen, click the green Create button. Select the first option in the list: Assignments.

 

A screenshot showing teachers how to create an Assignment in their Prodigy accounts

 

A screen will load that allows you to create an Assignment based on the domain and standard you’re teaching.

Just search for the skills you’re focusing on from the drop-down list:

 

A .gif file showing teachers how to select Assignment skill in Prodigy.

 

Click Next to set the number of questions per domain or standard in your Assignment. You can set up to 25 questions per standard, allowing you to deliver a brief or thorough assessment.

Clicking Next again will allow you to send the Assignment to specific students. But for a formative assessment, it’s best to select all your students.

 

An image showing how to deliver a math Assignment to all your students within Prodigy Math.

 

Click Next a final time to set the dates for the Assignment to appear in-game.

3. Schedule time to use Prodigy

To complete an Assignment, which automatically appears as in-game questions within math battles, students need Prodigy time.

Consider scheduling it as:

4. View the Assignment Report to inform in-class instruction

When the final day of the Assignment passes, return to your Planner and access the report by clicking on the Assignment, which appears in purple, in the calendar.

 

An image showing how to access your Assignment Report within Prodigy Math.
Click to expand.

 

This will generate the list of questions within the Assignment, showing how each student answered — correctly, incorrectly or unattempted.

 

An image showing a Prodigy Math Assignment report.
You’ll be able to see student names in your report. They have been removed from this image to maintain privacy.

 

You can see the exact questions and each student’s answers by scrolling down within the Assignment Report.

 

An image showing an example question, with student answers, within a Prodigy Math Assignment Report.
You’ll be able to see student names in your report. They have been removed from this image to maintain privacy.

 

You can quickly identify common trouble spots, helping guide your in-class instruction strategy while teaching a given domain or standard!

 


 

>>To deliver a formative assessment through Prodigy Math, create or log in to your teacher account 👇

>>For more information about your Planner tool, visit our teacher support article.

Marcus Guido

Marcus is Prodigy's product marketing lead.

5 thoughts on “How to use Prodigy for formative assessments

  1. I LOVE incorporating assignments into my math class.
    I use the assignments to incorporate ongoing review of concepts that we’ve already covered.
    I also use assignments to formatively assess the concepts that I am currently teaching.

    1. I use it to check for understanding after I give a lesson.
      I love that I can choose the amount of questions to give them.
      I also love how it shows the answers they put as well as the correct answer.

  2. I love to use Prodigy for formative assessment. This was one of the first practices I put in place when using prodigy. I use it at the beginning or end as an entry or exit ticket. I use it for silent work time after completing class work or assessments. I use it as a rotation station.

  3. I love the formative assessments. I used a lot before testing to see what the kids really knew and what they still struggle with.

  4. My kids really enjoy completing formative assessments through prodigy. They are engaged and motivated to complete their assessments and do their best work.

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