Online Assessment System Raises State Test Scores for Third Year in a Row

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JogNog Science Challenge motivates students to learn key science concepts.

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JogNog has been a wonderful addition to our curriculum. Our students love competing against other schools in the district...

Each year, schools in Massachusetts typically set a goal to move 1-3% of their students from the “Warning” or “Needs Improvement” category into the “Proficient” category for state tests. It is often difficult for schools to achieve these goals despite a multitude of efforts including changes in curriculum, teachers, and teaching methods. Remarkably, schools that use the JogNog Online Assessment System have moved an average of 3% of their students into the Proficient category for the last three years in a row.

The schools that achieved these results had participated in the JogNog Science Challenge, a competition between schools that motivates students to learn science from September to May each year. Schools can join the JogNog Science Challenge for free. Over the course of the school year, their students have access to over 70,000 quiz questions, which can be used for summative and formative assessment and learning from a computer, smartphone, Chromebook, or tablet.

The JogNog Science Challenge uniquely motivates students to work together to learn and correctly answer as many science questions as they can by providing a game-based design with leaderboards. In 2014, students at the top three participating schools correctly answered nearly one million questions, and the average student at these schools answered over one thousand science review questions.

“JogNog has been a wonderful addition to our curriculum. Our students love competing against other schools in the district, and we are determined to answer the most questions by the end of the year!” said Bruce Jaffe, 8th grade science teacher at Madeline English School in Everett, Massachusetts. “We keep a daily update of the JogNog leaderboard on display when students walk into science class. JogNog allows all students to review material presented in class and to review topics that will be covered in standardized assessments. I'm very proud of our students and pleased with the program's content.”

Steve Smith, CEO and co-founder of JogNog, remembers when the contest started: “When we reviewed our first research results on the state tests three years ago, the response from educators was ‘Well, this is significant, but let’s see if you can do it for more than one year – that will really be something!’ Now, we’ve improved test scores three years in a row. No other program can make that kind of claim and back it up with state test results.”

About JogNog
JogNog provides a comprehensive system for formative and summative assessment that motivates students to learn in an engaging and fun way. Specifically designed to meet teachers’ needs, JogNog delivers quizzes aligned to Common Core and state curriculum standards for grades 2 through 12. JogNog uses the latest in educational research to create competitive learning games that enhance student assessment and learning. JogNog is available on the web, iPad, iPhone, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, and the educational tablets Amplify and Kuno. For more information about JogNog, visit http://www.JogNog.com.

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