Mar 31, 2014
The basic principles behind a successful test prep program are simple. If students put in the time and effort to complete the course work and prepare for their tests, they will become more proficient with the content, and be in a better position to see score improvements. However, getting students to engage with any test prep course – online or in the classroom – can be a significant challenge.
If you're having trouble keeping students engaged with test prep, you're not alone. The PrepMe Product team here at Hobsons has been working with schools around the country to collect best practices for implementation, and we think we've discovered a few key elements of success. One of the best ways to achieve high levels of student adoption is by bringing test prep (even online solutions like PrepMe) directly into the classroom. This helps to put test prep at the top of students’ minds and allows teachers, counselors, and other educators to monitor their progress, and provide individual attention to students in the areas where they need the most help.
As a result, we’ve made it easier than ever for schools to create groups of students in PrepMe so you can monitor usage, track score improvements, determine skill mastery, and make announcements targeted to each group.
Already, PrepMe customers are finding creative ways to implement this new student grouping functionality with students in schools. Andrew Johnson, College Coordinator at Chicago Academy High School, has been using the PrepMe grouping feature to track the progress of students in OneGoal, a local college access program working with Chicago Academy, separately from the rest of the students using PrepMe at his school. For the main body of students, he separated them into three groups determined by their previous PLAN scores. The three groups are then taken through the PrepMe curriculum separately, in rotations of three subject area teachers in Math, Science, and English. Each rotation lasts several weeks with one subject before moving on to the next, and the students are assigned specific lessons and quizzes to focus on, according to their strengths from the Skill Report in PrepMe.
Student groups can be created from the course page, reports tab, and student detail pages. To create a new group, you can add students by searching active PrepMe accounts, filter by class year, upload lists by .CSV, or drag and drop from the entire roster list. Once you create your groups, you can:
Some common ways to group students are by class year, assigned counselor, home room or study hall class period, and test date.
Watch the 5-minute video below to learn more about how to use the new grouping feature in PrepMe, and log in to the Naviance Network Online Community to read more about grouping best practices and to share your own test prep implementations with your peers.comments powered by Disqus