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WORDS FROM Educators and Parents
The League is an invaluable test prep tool for students, teachers, and parents! This remarkable program makes test prepping a real sport! As league players, students are highly motivated to practice CMT skills independently at their own pace, using scoreboards to show their winnings. Test Prep FUN is exactly that – test prep made fun!
Annabelle and, of course, Eye, are amazing! Test Prep Fun is truly that, FUN! What a great way for my students to practice for the CMT's while having fun and earning other incentives. Though the intrinsic motivation of knowing that the children will be ready for their tests is great, the additional extrinsic motivators don't hurt! As the Math Specialist for my school, I enjoy playing the games, too, to find some great practice questions to work with. I have enjoyed seeing not only the students in my own class succeed, but also watching their siblings and friends in other grade levels climb the scoreboards. I can't wait to see the results of this year's CMT's. Keep the questions coming, Guys! You are doing a great job!
“The students really do love to strive to get 100% on these games--more so than on anything else I’ve seen.”
"Test Prep & FUN and the League are by far the best tool I have found to motivate children to prepare for the CMT's! It is fun, efficient, and the data tracking features are invaluable!"
"As the Educational/Technology Specialist in two elementary schools, I was introduced to The League last year. This school year, we started with one fifth grade and quickly moved to all third, fourth, and fifth grades. After the new year began, we found the tracking of tests: those taken, passed, and failed, was invaluable not only for the students learning, but for the teachers to be able to guide the students to games where they were weak and needed extra help. We have since added the second grade classes.
"The students are using it outside of class and on weekends. They enjoy these games. Getting kids to practice CMT on weekends when they don't have to is definitely a plus."
“Parents have come into school to say how much their children are enjoying these games at home. Using these games has proven to be an easy way to help strengthen the home-school connection.”
"Finally....online math games completely aligned with the Connecticut Mastery Test strands! Our students and teachers are enjoying the extra practice, which completely ties in with our District math assessments and our upcoming March CMT test.
"We have used these games for two years. Our CMT scores have improved due to the focused, strand-by-strand practice. Our kids love playing these games!"
"Our teachers feel that The League helped us prepare for the CMTs.”
"Hello, I have heard from so many students and parents that The League is a great way to build confidence and feel less anxious about the type of questions being posed on the Connecticut Mastery Test."
| Co-founder Annabelle Howard in the FOX-CT "green room"
Forrest Stone, aka Eye on the Scoreboard, is a graduate of Harvard and of the Yale School of Drama, and was the executive editor of Weekly Reader, where he created Science Spin. At Scholastic, Forrest created Storyworks magazine.
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The students at our school are determined. All students recieve free breakfast and lunch. These students struggle each and everyday to attend school. Yet, many students sneak to the local library or stay afterschool to "steal TestPrepFUN time." These students are working to go to college and make their dreams a reality.
Thanks for creating The League. This has been a wonderful learning tool for our 4th grader. She enjoys playing the games and at the same time she is learning and improving her CMT scores. If a game is a little challenging for her, she plays it a few times until she feels confident. There is a positive peer competition which motives the kids to try harder and play more games in order to see their names on the scoreboard. It takes hard work and determination to play every day, but it's worth it and very rewarding. Of course the laser tag passes, the wristbands, the t-shirts, and the recognition at school are huge incentives for the kids who have been working hard on their CMT skills throughout the state. Ms. Howard is always very prompt and kind responding to questions.
"The League has been a 'big deal' in our household. Our 5th grader and 2nd grader have eagerly played it each week. Both of them say it is a lot of fun and it has certainly brought out their competitve sides! Of course, the laser tag passes were a huge incentive. They talked with their friends from another school and they set a goal for all 4 of them to get the laser tag passes so the 2 families can go together! This has been an educational, but fun way to prepare for the CMTs. Regarding our 2nd grader, I think it will alleviate some of the stress for him when he takes the CMTs for the first time next year.
Since my children have started playing The League, I've noticed a change in both of them. Now in their free time they go on the website and play games instead of watching TV. I think the program is absolutely wonderful! I will be utilizing the program stratight through the summer months. Thanks, TestPrepFUN!
Our students have worked hard at the different activities and keep a journal of areas they passed and which need to be redone to work at their own pace. It has made them motivated and independent in the TestPrepFUN work.
The combination of student achievement and teacher dedication at our school is unique. In the most pure form, our school is about teamwork. It's about a learning community that comes together to do whatever it takes to support students Student Achievement: Our student performance on the Math portion of the Connecticut Mastery Test has skyrocketed over the past six years. From a low of 55% of the students scoring "proficient or above" in math in 2005-06 to a high of 89% of the students at "proficient in math" on the 2009-10 assessment. Scores for students at "goal or above" were equally impressive with students at a low of 25% scoring at "goal or above" in 2005-06 to a high of 68% at "goal or above" in 2009-10. Such incredible performance gains (surpassing city and state averages) are a tribute to our teachers, our students, their families and, of course, to TestPrepFUN.
"As a parent of a second-grader, I figured The League would provide a good introduction for the CMT. It has done that and much more. It not only offers students a glimpse into the CMT, it prepares them by offering an innovative way to learn practical test-taking skills. Using reading and analysis to answer questions, kids are actually learning how to use process of elimination and critical thinking, which will serve them well on the CMT and all tests. This is accomplished through a fun and challenging manner. Ms. Howard has created a fabulous game system that rewards kids for trying their best. It has become a family affair for us to see my son work hard each week, increase his learning, and have fun at the same time. It's been a positive experience that will carry over when he takes the CMT next year. He is actually looking forward to it!"
WORDS FROM Players
Dear EYE, I truly enjoy Test Prep FUN because it really prepares you for the CMTs. Each week, I aspire to play many games because while it's fun to experience the thrill of competing, I know that it is helping me achieve the best score I can get on the CMTs. After playing a certain level on a strand, The League makes me feel secure and confident that I've mastered the taught concept. I believe that the prizes that come with practicing your CMT skills are fabulous because some children neglect their school needs, and the goal of recieving a laser tag pass, or even just a wristband can urge the students to try even harder to succeed. Also, the intriguing quiz format with one-by-one questions really keep you on task, and helps you understand the question being asked. For example, if you get an answer wrong, a bubble pops up and is a tutorial of your mistakes, and the correct way to answer the question. In addition to that, many children get bored of answering what feels like millions of questions. With this program, you practice the lesson learned, and stay interested with a step-by-step procedure for each example. Overall, I personally love what a wonderful job this program is doing to help us achieve, and hope that the EYE will keep up the great work! Sincerely, HebronT30S06
This site is very educational and fun. It gives lots of practice from what I learned in school. I am getting better at my math when I do this test practice. Thank you so much for this wonderful site!
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Our school works hard on The League. We always get better scores on our CMT's when we study on TestPrepFUN to improve are skills on the subjects math, science, writing, reading,etc. Thank you for reading this :)
We are a hard working school and we really like TestPrepFUN. Our princapal and our teachers encourage us to help us get better scores on quizzes and tests. Also they encourage us on TestPrepFUN to try again so we could get to be pretty high on the scoreboard.
Our whole school plays and loves TestPrepFUN all the time. Our students are always on the scoreboards, whether it's in last place or first place, we are always on the scoreboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):)
Every week we have many kids being recognized on the announcements for their hard work and effort on TestPrepFUN. In my 4th grade class we spend all of our computer time on TestPrepFun, and most of us are sad when it is time to put the computers away for another class to use. ... Students that study at Buckley School learn more from this amazing website everyday, all year round.
Dear EYE, this testprepfun.com website is helping me a lot. By now I know all the answers to every question. And thanks to you, I'm going to ace my CMT's.
"TestPrepFUN has helped me very much for the CMTs. I just wanted to say thank you. The thing is, is that you are basically studying for the test but still having fun at the same time!"
"I wanted to say to all the players that everyone did a great job on TestPrepFUN . I bet everyone who got a wristband is wearing it. Hope everyone has fun durning the CMTs and open season. Talk to all of you on the scoreboard. Hope you are also having fun wih the laser tag passes. I hope you people who won 1st will be wearing the shirts to school maybe during the CMTs."
Thanks for creating the website! It has helped a lot. The League gave me a lot more confidence to do well on the CMT's. I used to be nervous but now I am not and I think that I am going to ace the test.
Hey EYE! The League has made me much more confident about the CMT's. It's so much easier than having hundreds of CMT practice pages in a packet. The prizes make it fun for us and the fact that we enjoy learning makes it satisfying for parents. I love how we can play the educational games freely instead of being stressed on completing each page of practice. Thank you, Ms. Howard, for helping us prepare for the big test and teaching us to be confident in ourselves while taking it.
"The League is a great learning experience. I have learned lots from this website and am excited to continue to learn more. The fact that it's on the computer makes it lots more fun than workbooks or packet upon packet. It's lots of fun to see me and my friends' names on the scoreboard. It's a great feeling to be recognized on a website that is active throughout the entire state!!"
Also from HighlandT8S02: "Have you ever heard the saying 'killing two birds with one stone?" Well, that's what The League is. Your CMT scores will improve and you are having fun while playing the games. Good luck and have fun in week 8!"
Dear EYE, Your games are wonderful. They make kids get smarter. I've learned a lot and I'm still learning from it. Sometimes, I make mistakes but I always try my best to get them correct. Have a nice day, EYE!
It's almost time for the CMT's and I'm pretty nervous, but I am trying to practice on Test Prep Fun all I can. I'm trying to play a lot this week so I can stay on the score board!
"I think my brain is getting bigger, I think this is helping me!"