standardized test prep tool

How to Benchmark Student Progress Using Prodigy’s Test Prep Tool

Remote learning and COVID-19 have turned this school year upside down. One of the casualties? Standardized testing. 

Across the US, schools are closed and states have canceled their regular standardized tests. While controversial, there’s no denying that these tests are an important source of data for educators when it comes to student progress and achievement. 

As the school year comes to a close and you need to make some important decisions, you might be wondering:

  • What lessons should I prioritize while students learn online?
  • How should I determine if students are ready to move on to the next grade?
  • What concepts will I have to revisit in my classroom once students are back in school?

Good news! Prodigy’s revamped Test Prep tool gives you comprehensive data on the exact math concepts students have mastered, and where they still need more practice.

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Can Game-Based Learning Improve Standardized Test Scores?

When my co-founder and I started Prodigy, our goal was to get students as excited about learning math as I was about playing Pokemon as a child.  As teachers, you’ve likely seen this excitement in your own classrooms, but one overriding question keeps coming up – does all of this excitement lead to quantifiable improvements on standardized test scores?

To figure this out, we dug deep into data from one of our first districts, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB in Ontario, Canada.  The data shows that highly active schools on Prodigy had 11.6% more students meeting standards on EQAO testing (Ontario’s standardized test) compared to the previous year.  This represents an 11.5% difference over inactive schools, which only saw a 0.1% improvement.

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You can download the full whitepaper here: https://www.prodigygame.com/resources/Can_Game-Based_Learning_Increase_EQAO_Math_Scores.pdf

There is also a short 2-page summary here: https://www.prodigygame.com/resources/Can_Game-Based_Learning_Increase_EQAO_Math_Scores_(SHORT).pdf

Post written by Rohan Mahimker, Co-CEO Prodigy

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