You want an easy-to-use tool to prepare your students for high-stakes tests. Your students want learning that’s fun. Everyone wants to see test scores soar. Give your students the PracticePlanet advantage!
PracticePlanet’s study strategy takes full advantage of the technology available via the Web. The program contains a comprehensive bank of test items. Management of data is precise yet simple. There are no messy print materials—and data is automatically aggregated electronically.
PracticePlanet’s pretests identify areas of strength and weakness; students practice the assigned concepts, posttests show his or her level of growth. PracticePlanet’s reporting feature gives you real time student data to pinpoint areas needing additional work.
It’s Motivating and Fun
A variety of media keeps PracticePlanet content engaging and interactive. Students are rewarded with motivating, fun games and receive immediate feedback and test results that help them stay focused.
Students who use PracticePlanet at school or at home will explore a new world of success on standardized tests. Teachers who use PracticePlanet will appreciate its effectiveness and ease of use. Administrators will appreciate the improvement in test scores and Adequate Yearly Progress.
For the last number of years—and especially since the enactment of No Child Left Behind legislation—states have been held increasingly accountable for the academic achievement of the children who attend their public schools. Most states have undertaken the tasks of codifying their academic standards and correlating curriculum and instruction to those standards. Most states have also implemented criterion-referenced summative assessment programs that annually test their students’ growth in skill and knowledge. Each state test is developed using selected critical standards from the state’s published academic standards.
PracticePlanet’s test and practice items are carefully aligned with the testing standards for the grade levels assessed in each state. In addition, PracticePlanet items are designed to mimic the items found on actual state tests, so that the online practice experience is as realistic as possible.
When a student completes a practice module, he or she is rewarded with an interactive game that is designed to be both challenging and pure fun. The more the student plays, the more skill he or she develops—and the more skill, the higher his or her game score. Students will enjoy competing and comparing game scores. The secret of PracticePlanet’s games is that they motivate success: the amount of game play awarded is based on the number of practice items answered correctly—more correct answers, more game play.
PracticePlanet’s game feature also helps increase focus. While some similar products incorporate game play into the sequence of practice and feedback, PracticePlanet’s design keeps practice and game activities distinct from each other, so that the student’s mastery of testing standards does not depend on his or her gaming skills.
One of the most important features of PracticePlanet for teachers is its automated data management component. Not only does PracticePlanet save teachers time and effort by generating and administering tests and practice activities—it also aggregates student performance data, analyzes it, and displays it in reports that show a teacher at a glance where the student is making progress and what standards he or she has yet to master. PracticePlanet takes much of the mystery out of how to help students prepare for high-stakes tests—and helps teachers reclaim valuable class and planning time previously devoted to test prep and test prep support tasks.
In addition to being aligned to state testing standards and designed to mimic the format of state test questions, PracticePlanet practice items incorporate lively content and a colorful contemporary design to keep students engaged. Immediate feedback is offered for each item—to reinforce skills that have been mastered and to review and clarify particularly challenging concepts. With the availability of PracticePlanet 24 hours a day, seven days a week, students are able to automatically move forward to more difficult content or other content areas once skills have been refreshed and mastered. Students working at home after school or during the summer do not have to wait until the next school day or school year to be provided access to more pertinent practice. PracticePlanet also allows a teacher to adjust a student’s mastery and practice frequency parameters to customize the practice experience for the student’s needs.
About Orchard Learning
Since the mid-1950s, Orchard Learning's Gamco division has developed educational materials for teachers and schools. To adapt to the needs of educators over time, Gamco began the development of educational software in the early 1980s to target essential skills. In the mid-1990s, the needs of schools were met by the development of Orchard, an educational software program that provides a total solution for schools. Additional releases of Orchard focused on assessing students’ knowledge of state standards, assigning the appropriate instructional content to address deficient areas, and providing reports that help teachers inform future instruction. Today, schools are focused on assessment-based outcomes, and Orchard Learning has partnered with Edumatics Corporation in the development of an online test prep program to help improve test scores.
Edumatics Corporation is a subsidiary of the public company Educomp Solutions Ltd. Educomp has over 1400 employees and is a full service K-12 company engaged in content development, school infrastructure, professional development and consulting services. It is a leading K12 company and owns a large library of digital content that is licensed to over 2000 schools