Teachers

I use Castle Learning as homework assignments on a regular basis. I have been using it for much of the last decade. What I love about Castle Learning, is it provides students with the opportunity to practice standardized test questions. In New York state, students are challenged with taking the Regents Exam at the end of the year. I call this the "Readgents", because it is just as much a reading comprehension test as it is a content area exam. Castle Learning enables me to familiarize students with the wording of Regents style questions, as well as practice with the content. I use the data analysis feature of the scores report to craft my "do now" for the following day, incorporating questions that students had difficulty with into these assignments. Castle Learning has been a wonderful asset to distance learning as I'm able to use it for pre- and post-assessments. The score with retry feature give students the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Another great feature of this tool, is that it allows students to craft their own practice tests before an exam. I look forward to using this technology each year- it has truly made me a better teacher and my students better readers and test takers!

I was just introduced to Castle Learning this summer in a PD course. I love the simplicity of creating new assignments and flashcards. I can't wait to customize my own set of flashcards for my students to use when we start school back up in the fall!

This school year would not been as successful as it was for my students if not for Castle Learning. Castle Learning not only provided an easy-to-use platform to devise evaluation tools, it also allowed to me quickly evaluate student learning and participation rate, which was invaluable information during our school's shut down. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU!!

I had an online chat with a CL representative this morning. Our school has had a representative offer us multiple professional development sessions via Zoom, and you have responded to my online question in a timely manner. I am very satisfied and impressed with the quality and level of customer support that CL offers! ​

Thank you SO MUCH for the incredible resources for the new Global 10 Regents Exam. It has been so helpful to have CRQs, enduring issues essays and essay exemplars readily available to use in my classroom. I also like how the multiple choice questions are organized into different categories (content and stimulus based) - this allows me to quickly find what I am looking for. I really appreciate all of your time and effort!!

Every time I contact Castle Learning, I am very happy with the customer support. Well done!

Thanks to the Castle Learning team, I have recently discovered that some of the recent US History & Government Thematic Essays and DBQ Essays have suggestions and guidelines that go past the simple hints and checklists provided for some of the older essays. These helpful tips provide suggestions, outlines and even sample writing that I can use with my student to help in guiding him/her toward a successful Regents Exam experience. I look at myself and my student as a team with a common goal of doing well on the NYS Regents in US History & Government. We use Castle Learning as a tool to help us work toward that common goal. To that end, the guidelines and suggestions help us visualize what a good essay should look like and how it should "sound." I "assign" both Thematic Essays and DBQs not as a method of grading, but so that we can work together to prepare good and adequate essays. The help provided by Castle Learning includes suggested wording for opening, body and concluding paragraphs; guidelines on organization; and content suggestions. These all help us to work together in learning how to write a successful essay.

I want to thank you for having such a great product! It has been great also to see how Castle Learning is constantly improving. Castle Learning is an integral part of my plan for educating my Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry students throughout the year. I also use Castle Learning with my seventh grade students to help them review and prepare for state assessments. I have found that the seventh graders love it as an alternate way to practice and review. The students at my school have done very well on state math assessments. A couple of years ago, we had a 100% passing rate on the Math A exam. We also have high passing rates on the Math B exam. I have appreciated the effort you have gone through to provide clear, concise explanations of how to solve those problems that students complete incorrectly. I like the inclusion of the screen shots from the graphing calculator. I have also found the detailed reporting on individual students to be very helpful. I have used those reports to set up individualized assignments quickly and easily to meet the needs of students preparing to retake a state assessment. Castle Learning has been a wonderful classroom tool for me and my students. I encourage others to use this tool frequently.

Just wanted to say thank you to Castle Learning. I love the new feature of being able to see the specific properties of my teacher questions. I had to search relentless to find questions that I had created in order to fix problems with my typing etc. Thanks again.

You guys are AWESOME! I hope to be a Castle Learning user for a long time – and the fact that you work hard at keeping material current and seem to find a way to continue to make improvements will help to ensure that.

The Common Core question bank that Castle has available is so helpful! I can easily create assignments on Castle Learning that supplement the Common Core curriculum that my district uses.

Castle Learning is an effective tool for the classroom and home, that enhances student learning and makes for efficient assessment. Castle Learning is easily accessible to students and educators.

This is so great ! The live chat helped so much. Frustration doesn’t ​stand a chance!

Thank you! I am a Teacher of the Deaf for a district and have students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. As such I am responsible for previewing and reviewing an incredibly large and varied amount of content. CastleLearning has been an invaluable resource for me and my students. My students and I love your site and use it all the time!

Administrators

As an IT administrator for the last 15 years it is heartening to know that companies like Castle Learning exist. This is not only because of their rich and constantly evolving content, but also for the stellar support that they provide to our users and our district. A perfect example of this was when our district inquired whether Castle Learning would consider exploring a means of logging on users via an individual district¹s network accounts. As someone responsible for numerous systems in our district I understand the significant work load of maintaining them. While the prospect of adding this feature presented logistical and programming challenges for Castle Learning’s team, they recognized the long term benefits would be great for districts and decided to implement it on our behalf. When you find a company that acts more like a partner than a vendor, that’s a relationship worth holding on to. Thank you Castle Learning for being that partner for us.

I could not miss the opportunity to let you know how wonderful Meghan Farrelly’s Island Trees training session was for the ELA and ESL teachers; she received rave reviews from the staff. When my colleagues and I met Meghan at the NYSEC Conference in Albany last month, we knew that she would provide the specific, hands-on ELA training our staff needed. Her knowledge base, coupled with her engaging personality, was just what we were looking for to kick-start our ELA Castle Learning use. Thrilled that she agreed to travel to Long Island to do two separate sessions, we viewed this as an opportunity not only to learn about the new materials and future offerings, but to also set up classes and assignments. The staff was extremely satisfied with the training, and they are ready to use the resources more regularly. Without such a thorough training, the resources would have remained unexplored!

Most of our students use the program on their personal computers to reinforce skills. We have received many favorable comments from parents who have observed their children using the program at home. The parents are very pleased that we have given the students the opportunity to do this kind of work at home when time is flexible.

I’d like to take a moment to thank you for your help with the staff development of Castle Learning. I believe Castle Learning played a significant role in our students performing so well on their Regents exams. As a result of their success, our school was named as a High Performing School by the NYS Board of Regents. Only one of 76 High Schools named in NYS. Thanks for your continued support.

Thank you for suggesting we copy the Castle Learning Handbook. With the increased interest on the part of our staff it makes sense for us to have the handbook readily available. Our involvement with you, your staff and your product continues to be one of the best bargains available to educational institutions such as Wilson Central. Your personal interest in the success of each individual student, teacher and district is one of the main reasons Castle Learning is so successful. Thank you for continuing to provide a quality product backed by extraordinary service. It continues to be a pleasure to work with a company that puts service and customer satisfaction so far up the priority list. Schools that have not bought into Castle Learning are missing out on one of the more cost efficient, effective, user friendly academic assistance aids available.

Thank you. Thank You. Thank You!!!! The training you provided for the teachers in Nyack was outstanding. Both the Castle Learning Beginners workshop and the workshops on how to use Castle Learning to differentiate instruction were greatly appreciated by the participants. The workshop showed them what they needed to know in a clear, concise, and user-friendly manner. As always, your representative has been there to help us make this product work in our schools. I wish every company we worked with had the same level of concern and responsiveness that I have come to count on with Castle Learning. Each of my requests for assistance or suggestions has been responded to quickly and professionally, and I greatly appreciate that….Thanks again for all of your help.

Thank you again for the wonderful resource and customer service that you provide! Our student success rate on the Regents’ Exams and the AP exams is something we are very proud of — and Castle Learning is an integral part of our students’ academic lives here at Seton Catholic Central.

Thank you for the wonderful site that really helped my chemistry students do better this year than last. I was more familiar with the program and found it easier to incorporate into year end reviews. Thanks again!

I would like to mention that my class (Middle years program IB Hons) has just received their results for the NC EOC, and every person scored a 4! These students usually all score 3 or 4’s, but this is first time, all 4’s. We used Castle Learning fairly extensively, scheduling one lesson every week at the computers, and some to complete for homework (as well as in class instruction and homework). One of the things I like about Castle Learning (in addition to the obvious good questions and supplied solutions) is that it keeps track of individual student scores, and they cant “cheat” by saying they have finished, when they haven’t.

Parents & Students

Dear Professor Bill: I am writing to convey to you how valuable Castle Learning has been in the academic improvement of my son, who has just finished his 9th grade year at Hoggard High School in Wilmington, N.C. He has made tremendous improvement this year in science and math while utilizing Castle Learning under the guidance and encouragement of Hoggard staff. Castle Learning allowed him the flexibility to work on skills away from the formality of the school day and to work at his own pace. I am proud of my son’s advancement this year in developing his academic skills with the assistance of his Hoggard mentors and your software, but most importantly, someone I love deeply gained confidence in his own ability to learn and achieve. That cannot be measured in GPA or letter grades, but as Einstein said, not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that is counted, counts. You are doing good, important work. I wanted to let you know.

Thank you for providing such a powerful tool for my studying. I’m a 10th grade student and I recently created a practice Chemistry quiz in preparation for my midterm. Your questions have been indispensable in studying for tests. After teachers have given out all practice problems and worksheets, I can make these tests that always shock me with their complete correspondence to in class lessons. Thanks again for helping me reach so many great high school test grades.

I just want to take this opportunity to tell you again how much your website has helped my daughter through high school. She started out in special education classes, and with the help of your website, she has passed (with good grades) all of her regents examinations. She is in all mainstream classes and is now taking chemistry. Thank you again.

Castle Learning Tech Support: Thank you very much for your help with accessing our son’s account so that he can keep up with his studies over the summer. We took some sample tests ourselves to familiarize ourselves with your site and were very impressed! The hint and reasons for the answers are great tools. This is one of the best educational sites we have been on. Our son also is impressed with your site and appreciates its student friendliness.

My daughter attends Paul V. Moore HS in Central Square. She loves the review questions on Castle Learning. She has found Castle Learning a very valuable study tool. She uses the site frequently to review for tests, beginning with the easy questions and working up to the more difficult questions. She feels that often the questions she has on tests parallel questions she sees on Castle Learning. She is one of the top students in her class and she attributes some of her success to studying using Castle Learning.

Technical Staff

Thank you so much for your assistance establishing the Single Sign On (SSO) through ClassLink. You are the seventh application we have added to our ClassLink SSO - and apparently, the seventh time is the charm. The process was seamless. Ron and Deanna at Castle Learning conferenced with ClassLink to share the data needed to create the LTI application. A follow-up call between me, Ron and Deanna established the data link, verified the data format, and addressed basic questions. Castle Learning support made this effortless. Again, thank you!

This is awesome! We’re amazed at how many students are on-line before school and over the weekend.

We demonstrated three different review programs to the kids [including a well-known company’s on-line product] and let them pick which they wanted to use. Your on-line program has been hands down, the most inviting … the format and helps are great … a Great Product!

Castle Learning has been very beneficial for our students. Not only has it fit into our AIS program and classrooms, the students are also using it in the convenience of their own homes after school hours.

Our teachers and students have been using Castle Learning since 2002. Each year brings more positive changes to the web site, and more eager teachers/students take advantage of this convenient and effective learning tool. All of our students have learning difficulties to overcome, and many have found Castle Learning a welcome relief from the typical frustration of group review. Those who need additional reading support or auditory feedback use a text-to-speech program to interact with the web site and have full control over the pace of the review. Keep up the great work & we’ll keep making excellent use of this invaluable resource.

It’s really great to finally find something that works this well! Technically, Castle Learning is one of the best programs I’ve ever worked with… I have worked with teachers setting up class lists and creating assignments; this too works remarkably well. Technical support from Castle Learning is terrific; they respond immediately to e-mails, yet most of the information I need is in their well written user guides.