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Study Island is a leading academic software provider of standards-based assessment, instruction, and test preparation e-learning programs.

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Study Island review by Rainah P.
Rainah P.
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"Great Test Taking Practice"

What do you like best?

I love that the questions are tech enhanced! The fact that the resources will differentiate based on student levels is unbeatable as far as I am concerned.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see more questions in the test bank. Some standards have multiple examples but some have very few. With a more even playing field, the program would be even more user friendly!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend learning how to use the Build Test library and pulling reports. You can really see the value of the program when you use these key features. The kids like the games aspect, but I would set the cut score to 70% or higher.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to expose our students to test-taking software and formats before they are expected to complete online testing. This software has helped to build our students' stamina and patience with the test taking system. The gains are immeasurable.

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Study Island review by Cortnee P.
Cortnee P.
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"Study Island"

What do you like best?

Study Island offers grade- and subject-specific benchmark assessments. These are aligned practice tools we use for our kiddos as exit tickets on a daily basis.

What do you dislike?

It's not the most engaging. The texts could be more interesting and they should add graphics or more appealing information. Many of the students find the activities to be a little boring. Therefore, Study Island is not really the kind of program that the average student is eager to jump on and get going.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The program is a bit hard to navigate. Take some time and bookmark places you want to get to quickly because it can be hard to find a specific page twice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I love the downloadable materials available by standard and focus. Teachers may also access lesson plans for specific skills if necessary. There is plenty of supplemental work to push your students where they need it.

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Study Island review by Jennifer C.
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"When you want to know what your student's can do"

What do you like best?

I like that the students area given stepping blocks and lessons when they do not get an answer correct. It is also great that you can create your own assessments and truly target the skills that you are working on in the classroom.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that once a student doesn't master a topic, they have to overcome that bad grade average before it will show them mastered. Students become frustrated when they have to take 100+ questions to get to the mastery level, even if those questions are correctly answered.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have the time to properly implement the program. Students love this program and are typically very engaged in the program. I find they can use it both at home and at school which is great for parents too. There is a strong correlation between the results we see with this program and the results on our standardized assessments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it to get a good picture of what our students are able to do outside of instruction. Teachers can use the program to guide their classroom instruction and know how to group students. Students will be able to know where they are with any given concept and have lessons to work on around that concept. We used it at our school to help us predict how students would do on our standardized state assessment. It worked great as a predictor.

Study Island review by Neal C.
Neal C.
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"It works and can be useful"

What do you like best?

The software is useful, and can help students improve their class performance and perhaps test scores.

What do you dislike?

I wish it was more flexible. That may just be my own inflexibility, but that is my opinion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it and you time to become acclimated. Do not rush to judgment. You may regret hasty decisions. I was resistant to the product due to loyalty to another software, and that may have had a negative impact on my experience. Patience is usually rewarded.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to help student test performance, and it may have worked in time.

Study Island review by User in Higher Education
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"Differentiation at your Fingertips"

What do you like best?

Study Island allows for immediate data tracking in the classroom. Not only are students given assignments and practice lessons based on an initial pre-test, they are constantly provided work that is meant to improve their knowledge. The ability to differentiate student instruction, without spending an inordinate amount of time planning, means each student is receiving more student-centered instructional time than before.

What do you dislike?

The only issues with Study Island are that it always appears extremely test-based. Students are required to answer multiple-choice questions the majority of the time, and they are always it what appears to be the standardized testing environment. You are absolutely able to answer questions and help students with work, but they always have ten questions to answer on a topic, and it is always multiple-choice. The result of this testing-style approach is that most students despise using the software and must be bribed to complete work in the system. They absolutely see improvement in their abilities, but it is very much a struggle to motivate them to try.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Study Island is a great software for improving student abilities. However, students easily become burned out on the constant monotony of a testing environment, and start refusing to try or work in the program. I have found it best to designate a single day of the week for Study Island, so students are not overworked in the program. It can also be used as an enrichment activity once students finish their regular classroom assignments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software was purchased for students who are behind in reading and math skills. The software was then implemented in lab classes, where students receive more individualized instructional time, and more direct counseling with teachers. This has been a great tool for those students who struggle with reading skills, or are significantly behind their peers.

Study Island review by User in Education Management
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"DSI"

What do you like best?

This program allows an entire class to be assigned to a student, allowing students to work at their own pace to complete a series of exercises.

What do you dislike?

For some subjects, like chemistry, there is very little content. This program has not yet expanded to have thorough content for some higher level high school classes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

for math, I would use ALEKS math if possible; Kahn academy may also be an alternative to consider

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program was widely used for students that were performing below grade level in math and English. The diagnostic test allows students to know what they are already proficient at. The blue ribbons keep students motivated to achieve these smaller goals.

Study Island review by User in Higher Education
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"Great for State Testing Prep"

What do you like best?

I like that students can work independently. I used Study Island for both my academic classes as well as my AP course.

What do you dislike?

I wanted a wider variety of questions and the ability to import my own questions from other test prep resources.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Study Island is a great way for you to differentiate your instruction!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was able to assign students to do review work or extra credit work on topics they had missed in class throughout the semester or assign topics they were still struggling with at the end of the semester. You can customize assignments based on students' needs as well.

Study Island review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"Study Island for Elementary Students"

What do you like best?

Students enjoy the different games and tend to have their favorites.

What do you dislike?

Students are easily able to spend more times on academics.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program does keep up with the changing standards and adjusts activities to stay current.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Teachers need to realize this is not teaching students. It’s reviewing and reinforcing what they already know.

Study Island review by Administrator in Education Management
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"Helps with Intervention"

What do you like best?

Ease of use. I rarely have to troubleshoot or train our staff because of the ease of using this software. I can easily add our NWEA results to help customize learning for a student.

What do you dislike?

It took a coupe weeks to get the integration with Clever to work with Study Island so we can auto roster our students.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Better follow-up from help desk.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We no longer have to continuously update our roster. This software provides a much needed resource for those students that need an intervention.

Study Island review by Maria C.
Maria C.
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"Study Island in the Classroom "

What do you like best?

I like the individual learning path for each student that allows them to work at their own pace.

What do you dislike?

The price compared to other comparable programs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Individualized learning platform to track student growth over the course of the school year.

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