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4 Easy Steps to Use Prodigy as a Spiral Assessment Tool

Learning doesn’t always happen in a straight line.

That’s why spiral assessments are an enlightening way to track how much students understand and retain throughout the school year.

Did you know you can use Prodigy to deliver spiral assessments directly to your students while they play?

Here’s how:

1. Go to your in-account Planner tool

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

Next, 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 an Assignment

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

 

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

 

The Assignments tool allows your students to focus on specific skills at a set grade level, which makes it ideal for focusing on already-taught standards and measuring student understanding.

Upon selection, a screen will load that prompts you to choose curriculum-aligned domains and standards. Select the skills you want to assess your students on.

 

 

Choose just one domain to focus your students on, or divide the Assignment among several domains.

Click Next to set the number of questions per standard in your Assignment. Clicking Next again will allow you to send the Assignment to either the whole class or to specific students.

 

A screenshot showing teachers how to select students to receive an assignment in Prodigy

 

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

Your Assignment will be visible in the Planner calendar. Click on it to:

  • View your students’ progress and results
  • Edit its length
  • Delete it

Set just one Assignment and assign questions on a variety of domains, or give your students multiple Assignments at once as part of a larger-scale spiral assessment method.

3. Use the Topic Coverage Report to track student understanding

If you’re wondering how well your students understand concepts you’ve already covered, go to the toolbar on the left side of the screen and click Reports.

Select the Topic Coverage Report to see:

  • How much of each domain individual students have already covered
  • What students need more time to work on
  • Where they’re struggling

 

Screen with topic coverage report open

 

You can use this information to make a Plan, which allows students to receive classroom-aligned content tailored to their individual knowledge levels.

To create a Plan, go to the Planner, click the green Create button and select the second option in the list.

 

Screen with three alignment options for teacher to select

 

Choose a specific domain and grade level, and click Next.

Name your Plan, and click Next again. Select a start and end date, then click Create at the top of the calendar to finish.

4. Repeat as necessary

Assignments are a straightforward way to continuously assess student understanding as part of a regular spiral assessment method, while Plans can deliver continuous learning on a variety of topics that you’ve covered during the school year.

Use both tools as part of your regular teaching practice to boost student comprehension and test scores.


>>To start delivering regular spiral assessment with Prodigy, create or log in to your teacher account 👇

 

 

>>For more tips on how to use Prodigy in your classroom, click here.

Maria Kampen

Maria is a Junior Content Writer at Prodigy. When she's not writing about the newest teaching strategies, she can be found knitting, bullet journaling or visiting a museum.

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