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Achievement and Aptitude

Spring 2017

Spring 2017



 
Order testing materials. Interactive Order Form

For Student Data File and Special Programs Information, click here.

Christian School Program Scoring Services:

Refer to catalog for scoring pricing.

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Fall Testing 2017

Fall Testing Services

If your school is interested in Fall 2017 testing, please email assessmentsupport@acsi.org. For additional assistance, please contact Member Care. Thank you.

Respectfully,

Student Assessment Program Team


Webinar: What are the Benefits to Educators and Students? Listen to Dr. Linda Thompson

 


TerraNova 3: What are the Benefits of Fall Testing?


Resources:

Assessment Data Online for Schools and Parents


Video Library - On Demand Professional Development.
Learn more about the following resources:

Sample Schedules for Test Administration
  • Teacher's Guide to TerraNova, Third Edition

  • Classroom Connections to TerraNova CD (Grades 2–9)

  • Special Accommodations Supplement—Prepare for Special Populations

  • Bible Assessment Subtest Administrator's Guide

Administration Time and Item Count per Assessment (TerraNova 3, InView, PTCS)

Communicating Achievement Test Results with Parents—Christian School Educators Magazine (Volume 16, Issue 3)

Practice Activities:
  • TerraNova, Third Edition (Grades K–12)
  • InView (Levels 1–6, Grades 2–12)

Parent Letter 

Blue Ribbon Schools






Assessment Data Online

Assessment Data Online
Assssment Data Online (ADOL)

School data is currently being uploaded to Assessment Data Online (ADOL). When your school's data is loaded, DRC will send the Test Coordinator an email with two password-protected pdf documents. One of the pdfs will contain the usernames and passwords to be distributed to the school staff. The other will contain parent letters with instructions for accessing Assessment Data Online for Parents.



Assessment Data Online for Administrators/Teachers

How to Access Assessment Data Online for Administrators and Teachers
  • Go to https://csp.drcctb.com
  • Administrators who already have accounts can log in with their existing usernames and passwords.
  • New administrators and all teachers should enter usernames and passwords exactly as shown on the pdf provided for the 2017 administration.
  • When the user logs in for the first time, he/she will be asked to reset his/her password. Users can reset their passwords at any time.

User Guides for Adminstrators

Please use the links below to assist you in navigating the system and generating reports.

Assessment Data Online for Administrators: Quick Start Guide

Understand Report Filter Navigation—In 2 Clicks

Assessment Data Online for Administrators: Basic Navigation Guide

Guide to Assessment Data Online

Assessment Data Online Score Reports and Basic Score Interpretations


FAQs for Administrators

Scoring Inquiries

Paper Reports

Assessment Data Online


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Assessment Data Online for Parents


How to Access Assessment Data Online for Parents

  • Go to https://csp.drcctb.com
  • Parents who already have accounts can log in with their existing usernames and passwords.
  • Parents logging in for the first time will need to create an account using the activation code provided in the parent letter.


User Guides for Parents

Assessment Data Online for Parents: Quick Start Guide

Assessment Data Online for Parents: Reports Available


FAQs for Parents


Please visit the ACSI website for the latest assessment updates. If you have additional questions, contact ACSI Member Care.


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Assessment Data Online, customized component of the Christian Schools Assessment scoring package for TerraNova 3, Bible Assessment, and InView, is a powerful, web-based system that provides administrators, guidance counselors, and teachers with the information needed to measurably improve student performance.

 
  • Customize online reports of student data in graphic and tabular formats
  • Compare and examine test scores to bring critical learning needs into focus for all students
  • Aggregate and disaggregate data into groups of students for differentiating instruction
  • Access data securely on the Web
  • Three levels of login—administrator, school/counselor, and teacher—allow each category of educator to access unique views of group and individual student data.

Parent Access Letter

To view a demo, click here. If you have any additional questions, please contact ACSI Member Care.

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FAQs for Administrators

Scoring Inquiries

How do I submit a score inquiry regarding my student data?
If you discover any discrepancies, please submit a Score Inquiry Form. Scoring inquiries include biographical changes, missing students, reports, etc., regarding errors, or issues with your student data. DRC will investigate the issue, and ACSI will provide you with their response. If a change is required, DRC will begin making changes during the Biographical Changes window from October 16th through December 1st.

Why does the gender for my students say "unknown"?
Schools that used precode labels have the student gender listed as "unknown." DRC is working to resolve this issue and will notify schools as soon as it has been corrected in the system. There is not a tentative date for this.


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Paper Reports

Will the school still receive paper reports?
Yes. Paper reports will be processed and delivered between September 1st and October 13th. Because the paper reports are still delayed, please review the student biographical data in the online reports.

What paper reports will schools receive for the Spring 2017 administration?
At the DRC meeting on September 12, 2017, ACSI was provided with the most recent information regarding delivery of reports.

Phase 1 Paper Reports will print and ship to schools September 1st through October 13th.

Phase 2 Paper Reports will print and ship November 1st through December 15th.

  • Bible Summary

What paper and pdf reports will not be available for Spring 2017?

  • Group List Report
  • Objectives Performance Report
  • Objectives Performance Summary
  • Assessment Summary

Please note that these reports will return for Spring 2018.

When will online student data files be available?
The majority of schools now have accss to these files. Some remaining schools have issues that are scheduled to be resolved by October 13th.


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Scoring Inquiries

How do I get the bar graph to show on the screen?
If the bar graphs are not displaying correctly on your computer, please activate the Adobe Flash Player on your computer's browser using the information provided in the link below that corresponds with your browser. To download the Adobe Flash Player on your computer, go to https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

When will my school have access to ADOL?
The majority of schools now have access to Assessment Data Online. Some remaining schools have issues that are projected to be resolved by October 13th. Currently, Assessment Data Online provides dynamic data only. Some PDFs of shipped paper reports will be made available at a later date.

What if I have not received the DRC email with the usernames/passwords and parent letters?
All emails sent from DRC will come from the following address: csp@DataRecognitionCorp.com. The email will go to the Test Coordinator of the schools. If the school has not received the email from DRC, please check the computer's spam/junk folder or use the "Search" option in their email to locate it.

The original email with school logins and parent letters will have a subject line of "Assessment Data Online School Log-ins."

If you anticipate an email with updated student information (i.e. 3rd grade student upload), the subject line of the email will be "Assessment Data Online School Log-ins and Log-ins for Additional Groups."

How do I create an individual profile report for students in Assessment Data Online?
The administrator and teacher are able to access and print an individual student report in Assessment Data Online. The administrator will use the roster report located in the TerraNova 3 menu on the right side of the portal, and the teacher will use the list of students on their main dashboard. From the administrator portal student roster report, or the teacher dashboard, please click on the student's name. An Individual Profile Report will open and can be downloaded as a pdf or Excel file, and then printed. Both a TerraNova 3 and TerraNova 3 with InView report are available in the system.

How do I access and download the same data received in the paper reports?
Use the Guide to Assessment Data Online to navigate the system and create reports. To help find the dashboard comparisons for the paper reports, refer to the Assessment Data Online Score Reports and Basic Score Interpretations pdf linked here. The TerraNova 3 menu on the right of the screen will be the primary fuction used to access the dashboards.

  • Group and Assessment Summary—NRT Summary Dashboard (single grade level with all subtests)
  • Individual Profile Report—See "How to create an individual profile report..." above
  • Objectives Report—Objectives Dashboard and Teacher Dashboard
  • Group List—Student Roster Reports
  • Objectives Performance Report (Student)—Teacher Dashboard
Additional Reports:
  • All Grades Dashboard—Single subject all grade levels shown
  • Longitudinal and Cohort Data
  • Comparison Dashboard—ACSI/Regional/School/National score comparisons

Where do I find a Grade Equivalence report?
The GE has not been reported in previous years, so the system is not configured to display GE reports. However, if the school downloads a Student Roster report as an Excel file, the GE will display. Additionally, the student data file has the GE.

What if a parent has an account and is unable to retrieve their username or reset the password?
The school is able to retrieve a user name and reset the password for a parent account. Please log in through the administrator account. Then, follow the steps below:

  1. On the left side, select the fifth icon down, which shows a "P" for parents. Once the page refreshes, the User ID and parent name is found in the first two columns.
  2. Use the "Search" box above the "Actions" section to find the parent's name or User ID.
  3. Once located, provide the parent with their User ID or select the lock icon on the right side and follow the prompt to reset the password.

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FAQs for Parents

What if the link in the parent letter is not working?
Please use the following link to access Assessment Data Online for Parents.

How do I get the bar graph to show on the screen?
If the bar graphs are not displaying correctly on your computer, please activate the Adobe Flash Player on your computer's browser using the information provided in the link below that corresponds with your browser. To download the Adobe Flash Player on your computer, go to https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

What reports are parents able to print?
The parent can print the screen for the TerraNova 3 Student Report and Bible Student Report. At this time, DRC has not loaded the student pdf reports to the system. Click here for a sample report page.

If the parent letter expires on December 31st, 2017, am I still able to access my account?
Yes. For student security, the activation code on the parent letter expires on December 31st, but the parent account will always be accessible.

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Resources

Resources




Assessment Data Online for Schools and Parent
Teacher's Guide to TerraNova, Third Edition
Classroom Connections to TerraNova CD (Grades 2-9)
-Practice Materials (Grade 6) Sample
-Thinking Skills Sample
Bible Assessment Subtest Administrator's Guide
Assessment Accommodations Supplement (The link to this resource is temporarily disabled.)


Sample Schedules for Test Administration
Administration Times and Item Count per Assessment (TerraNova 3, InView, PTCS)
Parent Letter
Blue Ribbon Schools 




Christian School Education (CSE) Magazine Articles

"Hope Academy's Seamless Coat of Learning" by Naomi L. Woodmansee (from CSE 21.1) PDF
"ACSI's Flourishing School Framework" by Lisa Chubbic (from CSE 20.3) PDF
"Focusing on Results" by Linda Thompson (from CSE 20.2) PDF
"The Value of Partnerships" by Phyllis Houghton (from CSE 20.1) PDF
"Language Assessment and Instruction" by Linda Thompson (from CSE 19.3) PDF
"Improving English Language Learning with LAS Links" by Lorena Houston (from CSE 19.2) PDF
"Benchmark Assessment" by Valerie Valenti-Zapf (from CSE 19.1) PDF
"Relevant Professional Development Guided by Student Data" by Krista Barron (from CSE 18.3) PDF
"Focusing on Assessment Results" by Dr. Linda Thompson* (from CSE 18.2) PDF
* Read the expanded version of the above article
"Where Are You, and Where Do You Want To Be?" by Lisa Chubbic (from CSE 18.1) PDF
"Communicating Achievement Test Results with Parents" by Merry Clark and David Smitherman (from CSE 16.3) PDF

To request a copy of the most recent issue of CSE, please contact ACSI Member Care at 800.367.0798 or member_care@acsi.org.


Video Library

Video Library

ACSI is excited about the professional development offerings that our partnership with DRC/CTB provides. Included in these offerings is this catalog of easily accessible videos. Presented by seasoned educators and assessment specialists, these videos cover a wide variety of topics—from basic test administration guidelines, to score interpretation, to making practical and effective connections from assessment to instruction, and more.

Assessment Data: Conversations with Parents
Fall Testing
Basic TerraNova Score Interpretation
An introduction to the Christian School Assessment Program

Connecting Assessment to Instruction

Interpreting Test Results

    Assessment Data Online

  • Administrators: Making the Most of the Data You Have: NRT Data. Video and Handouts
  • Administrators: Making the Most of the Data You Have: Objectives Data. Video and Handouts
  • Teachers: Understanding and Using NRT Data in Your Classroom. Video and Handouts
  • Teachers: Understanding and Using Objectives Data in Your Classroom. Video and Handouts

    Paper Reports

  • Post-test Workshop: Interpreting TerraNova 3 Norm-Referenced Test Results. Video and Handouts
  • Post-test Workshop: Interpreting TerraNova 3 Objectives-based Test Results. Video and Handouts
  • Post-test Workshop: Interpreting InView and PTCS Test Results. Video and Handouts

Assessment Data Online

Fall Testing


FAQs

FAQs

 

History


Standard Alignment


Scores & Reports


General Administration Information


Ordering Process


Online Enrollment & Precode


Resources

 



 


Why did ACSI choose the TerraNova, Third Edition, for the Christian School Program (CSP)- ACSI’s achievement test program?

CTB (California Testing Bureau), the publisher of TerraNova, Third Edition, has almost 90 years of experience with proven research and development expertise in the educational measurement field. CTB’s research staff includes more than 20 doctorate-level research scientists as well as statistical analysts and research implementation specialists. CTB is well known and respected for the production and publishing of solid validity and technically defensible test score results.

In the summer of 2015, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) acquired CTB’s statewide custom business and summative shelf assessment products, including TerraNova 3. DRC has provided customized, full-service assessment services to the K–12 education market for more than 35 years. The company is known for facilitating the transition to online assessment and delivering innovative, highly reliable technology solutions to state departments of education nationwide. This acquisition will expand DRC’s presence in the United States as CTB serves approximately 8 million students across the country.

TerraNova 3 is one of the most respected and widely used achievement tests, measuring mastery in the core subjects. Its design is fresh and user-friendly, and its content is current. TerraNova 3 provides detailed diagnostic information, norm- and criterion-referenced scores, and performance-level data.

Schools are able access test results online within about five days of the DRC/CTB Scoring Center’s receipt of test materials. Assessment Data Online and Assessment Data Online for Parents, the online reporting system, provides administrators and teachers with the graphic tools for disaggregation of individual and group data, discussions for school improvement, student growth and progress, and much more. A Parent Network, Assessment Data Online for Parents, is also available. Paper reports are shipped to schools within 10 days of the receipt of test materials at the DRC/CTB Scoring Center. Assessment Data Online and paper reports are both included in the Christian School Program Scoring Package.

We are excited about the enhanced services that this partnership provides. DRC/CTB has come alongside ACSI to provide ongoing professional development opportunities through the venues of webinars, regional and site workshops, and seminar conventions. Many of these activities are at no cost to participants in the Christian School Program.

Decreased cost for schools is another major reason ACSI chose TerraNova 3.

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Why did ACSI change to a different achievement test vendor in 2011–12?

ACSI’s goal is to provide a high-quality current assessment that includes helpful and technical resources at a minimal cost. With this goal in mind, ACSI researched testing companies and their products and services, and then made the decision to transition to a test that best fits these criteria.

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When was TerraNova 3 developed?

TerraNova 3 was published in 2007; it compares student performance using nationally representative, empirical, 2007 norms. In 2014 ACSI’s assessment program transitioned to updated 2011 national comparisons (norms). National norms will be updated again in 2018.

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Is a cognitive abilities assessment also available in the Christian School Program?

Yes. There are two additional tests designed to measure cognitive skills and abilities: the Primary Test of Cognitive Skills (PTCS), for ages 5–7, and InView for grades 2–12. Schools can use results of these two tests to diagnose possible learning disabilities, to plan placement, and to develop effective instructional programs. When used with TerraNova 3, both tests provide anticipated-achievement scores.

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Does TerraNova 3, Christian School Program Edition, include a Bible assessment subtest?

Yes. The Bible Assessment Subtest was reviewed for question clarity and is included in TerraNova 3, Christian School Program Edition.

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How does TerraNova 3 align with state and national standards?

TerraNova 3 aligns to state standards and to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) framework.

  • Reading item content aligns with the standards of the International Reading Association (IRA), NAEP, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
  • Language item content assesses students’ skills in the key components of language proficiency—understanding of language structure, familiarity with standard written English conventions and rules, and knowledge of syntactic constructions and paragraph development.
  • Mathematics assessments include items that are set in real-world contexts with contemporary topics suggested by teachers and students. Items are aligned to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
  • Science assessments are based on national science standards and frameworks. They assess student understanding relative to core science content areas: Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Nature of Science/Science Inquiry.
  • Social Studies assessments reflect the guidelines of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and emphasize the interrelationships of history, geography, governments, and economics.
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How does TerraNova 3 align with Common Core State Standards?

TerraNova 3 provides 2011 norms- the most recent empirical norms available in any norm-referenced test. Since it was developed in 2007, TerraNova 3 was not designed to measure or align to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS were developed in 2010, so in some grades (mostly upper) and subjects, TerraNova 3 will not closely match the common core.

TerraNova 3 is aligned as noted in the previous question and reflects a national consensus curriculum of what students should know and be able to do in each subject and at each grade level. There are many Christian, parochial, and public schools throughout the nation that use TerraNova 3 and will continue to do so.

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With what standards does the Bible Assessment Subtest align?

The Bible Assessment Subtest reflects a scope and sequence that was developed by researching the most commonly used Bible textbooks in Christian schools. As TerraNova 3 standards do not necessarily align with each individual school’s curriculum, neither will the Bible Assessment Subtest. ACSI publishes a valuable resource, The Bible Assessment Administrator’s Guide, which includes the test’s scope and sequence and helpful recommendations for connecting scoring data to Bible instruction. This resource is included in the schools test materials order.

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What kinds of scores are available for TerraNova 3?

The following are types of scores used to report the TerraNova3/InView test results:

  • Scaled score
  • National Percentile Rank and Stanine
  • Christian School Program Percentile Rank
  • Normal Curve Equivalent
  • Grade Equivalent
  • Cognitive Skills Index (PTCS and InView)
  • Anticipated Achievement Score (PTCS and InView)
  • Objectives Performance Index
  • Lexile for grades 1–8
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What kinds of score reports do I receive?

When your school chooses to have tests machine scored, you automatically receive the Christian School Program Scoring Package, which is described the in the assessment catalog and under the Assessment Support tab at www.purposefuldesign.com. Assessment Data Online is also included in the Christian School Program Scoring Package.

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Can my school exclude students from the traditional student results (i.e., home school students, students with learning disabilities, English language learners)?

TerraNova 3 was developed as an inclusive assessment, meaning that non-traditional students, e.g., English language learners, students with IEPs, are included in the norming process. These students were allowed to take the test using appropriate accommodations. For this reason DRC/CTB discourages schools from excluding students.

However, it is understood that schools may have legitimate reasons for wanting to view traditional student scores apart from non-traditional students. The Christian School Program provides two ways for schools to do this.

  • Complete the M Column codes in the student data section of the test booklet/answer sheet. Instructions are found in the Test Coordinator’s Manual. This information will allow schools to disaggregate groups of students within Assessment Data Online.

and/or

  • Follow the packaging instructions in the Test Coordinator’s Manual for “Excluded Students.” This process only effects group paper reports, not Assessment Data Online, and is not highly recommended.

Testing accommodations are also allowed and detailed in the Assessment Accommodations Supplement.

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Can schools compare TerraNova 3 test results to students’ previous results with the Stanford 10?

Yes. DRC/CTB developed a linking study for Stanford 10 (2011 ACSI administration) and TerraNova 3 (2012 ACSI administration). The study will be in the form of a table comparing performance levels using cut scale scores and percentiles. This table is accessible at www.puposefuldesign.com, under Assessment Support, and on Assessment Data Online.

Listed below are some reasons schools may observe a drop in scores from Stanford 10 to TerraNova 3:

  • Newer test norms – It is very common to see a drop in scores when shifting to new norms (although these are usually minor, single-digit shifts).
  • Differences in test design – SAT 10 is a more traditional achievement test design; TerraNova 3 is specifically designed to include more higher-order thinking skills than the traditional achievement test.
  • Differences in test content – Every test is a sample of the domain being assessed, so TerraNova 3 may have a challenging sample of possible items, or it may reflect that after years of administering the SAT 10, teachers naturally align their curriculum to the assessment they are and have been using. Switching from SAT 10 to TerraNova 3 provides schools with the opportunity to discover holes that have developed in their curriculum over the years.
  • Differences in scoring approach – SAT 10 uses a 1-parameter Rasch model; TerraNova 3 uses a 3-parameter Item Response Theory model. Three parameter IRT is considered to give more accurate results for individual students and groups with small numbers.
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Are Christian School Program norms available?

Yes. Each year student results are compared with the previous year’s Christian School Program results. Schools may also make comparisons to their ACSI region and partner organization results.

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How do I access Assessment Data Online?

Once your school’s tests are scored, DRC/CTB will send you an email providing Assessment Data Online access information. If you are unable to locate this email, you may call ACSI Member Care at 800-367-0798 for assistance.

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Which grade levels does TerraNova 3 test?

TerraNova 3 may be administered to grades K–12 (or Levels 10 – 22).

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Is TerraNova 3 a timed test?

Yes. TerraNova 3 is designed to minimize the effect of speededness* and maximize the validity and instructional relevance of the assessment results. To ensure the most valid and useful measures of achievement possible, DRC/CTB set appropriate administration time limits that facilitate student completion.
*The effect that results when a student may guess randomly or may be unable to demonstrate what they truly know and can do because of time constraints.

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Are the TerraNova 3 subtests all multiple-choice?

Yes. TerraNova 3 uses selected-response (multiple-choice) items to provide detailed comparative and diagnostic information.

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When is the Christian School Program testing window?

There are two testing windows: Fall testing which takes place in October and Spring testing which takes place in April*.

*Although spring testing is scheduled to take place between April 1 and April 30, testing may be scheduled earlier. The spring empirical window is equal to instructional days 136 through 160. If your school has completed 136 days of instruction for the year, it is within the empirical norm window and can begin testing. Schools that send their documents in for scoring earlier will receive their reports earlier. The scoring center must receive completed test books and answer documents no later than May 31. Documents received after June 1cannot be included in the Christian School Program norms.

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Is there a deadline for returning tests to be scored?

Yes. Tests must be received at the scoring center before June 1. After a very brief grace period, tests will be returned to the school unscored. Please note all important program deadlines. These can be found in the assessment catalog, Test Coordinator’s Manual, and under the Assessment Support tab at www.purposefuldesign.com.
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How do I order TerraNova 3 test materials?

  • Order online at www.purposefuldesign.com.
  • Fill out the assessment catalog order form and email, fax, or mail to ACSI Member Care.
  • Fill out an optional and fillable order form. Email to member_care@acsi.org.
  • Contact your Educational Resource Consultant or ACSI Member Care for assistance. 800-367-0798.
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What is the deadline for ordering TerraNova 3 test materials?

Schools will want to take advantage of previous year pricing by ordering before the early December deadline each year. Schools may order materials any time before spring testing, but need to understand that the earlier they order the better. Please note all important program deadlines. These can be found in the assessment catalog, Test Coordinator’s Manual, and under the Assessment Support tab at www.purposefuldesign.com.

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Are optional reports available? How do I order them?

Yes, optional reports are available and a list of these reports may be found in Online Enrollment, the assessment catalog, and under the Assessment Support tab at www.purposefuldesign.com. Optional reports are ordered when completing OE, but may also be requested by contacting ACSI Member Care.

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What is Online Enrollment for machine scoring?

Online Enrollment (OE) is a required process for all schools using machine scoring and provides DRC/CTB’s scoring center with important information so that it can have a check system in place when tests finally arrive to be scored. OE provides for quality control and allows for more accurate processing and timely turnaround of scoring.
Once your materials order is placed, you will need to complete OE for machine scoring. You will receive an email from ACSI (sent to the email address that you enter on your materials order). This email will provide directions for accessing OE.

  • In OE you will be asked to provide some general information about your school and testing program.
  • If you purchase Precoding Services, you will enter student demographic data.
  • You may order optional reports (these are available in addition to your Christian School Program Scoring Package of reports that comes automatically to all schools in this testing program).
  • You may select to enter data in one of two OE windows, and you may enter and adjust data throughout that window. If you are testing in March, be sure to use the first window, so that your Test Coordinator Kit arrives in plenty of time before testing. In any case it is recommended that schools order materials and complete OE as early as possible.
  • Your school’s customized Test Coordinator’s Kit will be mailed from DRC/CTB shortly after the close of the OE window you use. The kit includes important information about administering the test, packaging instructions, and scoring center labels.
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Can our school send tests in to be scored without completing Online Enrollment (OE)?

No. OE is required for machine scoring. If tests are received at the scoring center without proper forms and labels, they will be returned to the school to repackage and ship.

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What are Precoding Services?

Precoding Services provide your school with student labels for test booklets/answer sheets that are precoded with student identification data, such as name, class, birth date, test level, school/campus, ID number, and other special codes. Schools may order precoding and enter student data for the precoded labels through Online Enrollment. DRC/CTB is providing several new options for entering your student biographical data. Please allow 4-6 weeks after the close of the OE window you use for the precoding process to be completed and bar code labels shipped to you.
Precoded student labels:

  • Reduce test administration time.
  • Eliminate errors in data entry of student information that could cost your school reprinting fees.
  • Simplify 6-digit entry of student ID numbers (Student ID numbers will allow you to observe individual student growth from year to year on ACSI Data Online.)
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Does DRC/CTB offer a scope and sequence for each grade level?

Yes. A resource entitled Teacher’s Guide for TerraNova, Third Edition includes a scope and sequence listing objectives and subskills for all subtests at all grade levels. The Teacher’s Guide may be purchased through ACSI.

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What kinds of resources are available for schools that administer TerraNova 3?

Through ACSI schools may access many DRC/CTB resources that help educators and parents make the best use of TerraNova 3 test results including the Teacher’s Guide to TerraNova, Third Edition, a comprehensive guide that explains the purposes of standardized testing and provides general guidelines for interpreting and using test results. Other helpful resources include Classroom Connections, the Instructional Resource Kit, and Beyond the Numbers. See Assessment Catalog for more details.

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What kinds of assessment professional development are available through ACSI?

ACSI offers live and recorded webinars, and site and regional workshops. For more information visit www.purposefuldesign.com and select the Assessment Support tab.

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Are there diagnostic tests, school-readiness tests, career-guidance tests, language-proficiency tests, etc., available in this program?

ACSI continues to work with DRC/CTB to provide an array of testing products and services that will enhance a school’s capacity to evaluate student abilities. Currently optional assessments and tutorials include:

  • Early Learner- PreK – 3
    • Fox Letters and Numbers- Monitor early learners’ development of mathematics and reading concepts.
    • Fox in a Box- Provide insightful diagnostic information about students’ literacy and growth.
    • Fox Adds Up- Help every child succeed in mathematics.
  • LAS Links
    • LAS Links Online- Assess the academic and social language skills of English language learners in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension skills.
    • LAS Links Benchmark- This series of three benchmark tests provides valuable insight and information about language proficiency and progress at any point during the school year. Can be self-scored.
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For more information contact your Educational Resource Consultant


PTCS

PTCS
 
Primary Test of Cognitive Skills™ (PTCS) us a group-administered series of four tests designed to measure the cognitive skills of early learners. PTCS helps you identify students who may be gifted, who may have learning disabilities, or who may have unique developmental delays.
 
Subject Areas and Grades Cognitive Ability (Grades K–1)
Assessment Type Aptitude
Delivery Format Paper and pencil
Scoring Options
–Hand scoring 
–Machine scoring
 
Primary Test of Cognitive Skills (PTCS) is a group-administered series of tests that provides a reliable, valid indication of young learners' cognitive abilities. Four untimed sub-tests assess verbal, spatial, memory, and concepts skills. Based on careful research, PTCS helps teachers identify young students who may be gifted, have learning disabilities, or have unique developmental delays.

PTCS was standardized on a 2007 norm group. When used with TerraNova®, Third Edition, PTCS provides anticipated-achievement scores for individual students and groups, allowing you to compare your students' achievement with that of other students of the same age, grade, and ability—and determine whether your students are achieving to their full potential.

Features:

  • Simple, engaging material independent of reading or number knowledge
  • Easy-to-use Examiner’s Manual
  • Reliable, valid, norm-referenced indication of cognitive abilities

Administration:

Four untimed sub-tests assess:
  • Verbal
  • Spatial
  • Memory
  • Concepts skills
These four tests yield four scale score that are combined with a child's age to produce a single Cognitive Skills Index (CSI).

Administration Scheduling

PTCS can be used during the fall of Kindergarten through the spring of Grade 1.

Age Norms
5.1 to 7.6 years

Administration Times
PTCS is not timed. When planning administration, allow 30 minutes for each of the four subtests

Cognitive Assessment

 
Why use a Cognitive Assessment?
A cognitive abilities assessment helps you define and focus on individual student needs more effectively. PTCS provides you with insightful information over and beyond achievement test scores, about crucial cognitive skills like verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning.

Gain Clear Information to Target Instruction
Meaningful assessment does more than measure—it provides direction to guide instruction. PTCS is an innovative cognitive skills test that can map student strengths, reveal hidden abilities, and point the way to new learning opportunities. When you know what your students know and can do, you can teach to your students' needs.

With PTCS You Can:
  • Assess critical cognitive abilities, Grades K–12
  • Detect potential learning problems
  • Anticipate student achievement on college entrance exams (for upper grades)
  • Highlight Gifted and Talented placement information
  • Offer inclusiveness, equity, and fairness for all students
  • Position students for success by supporting more targeted instructional decisions
  • Meet Title I and IDEA reporting requirements
InView

InView

Why Use a Cognitive Assessment?

 

A cognitive abilities assessment helps you define and focus on individual student needs more effectively. InView provides you with insightful information over and beyond achievement test scores, about crucial cognitive skills like verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning. InView is available in paper/pencil format with both local and machine scoring. .


Click on the brochure cover to the right for additional information regarding InView.


Challenge:

You want an assessment that accurately measures your students' development - the higher level thinking and reasoning skills that are important to academic achievement and performance on college entrance exams.

Solution:

InView provides you with a clear picture of cognitive abilities in students, Grades 2—12, including special populations such as Gifted and Talented, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners (ELL).


With InView, You Can:

• Assess critical cognitive abilities, Grades 2-12
• Detect potential learning problems
• Anticipate student achievement on college entrance exams (for upper grades)
• Highlight Gifted and Talented placement information
• Offer inclusiveness, equity, and fairness for all students
• Position students for success by supporting more targeted instructional decisions
• Meet Title1 and IDEA reporting requirements

 



Sample Reports

 
TerraNova 3 Assessment Summary TerraNova 3 Group List TerraNova 3 Individual Report


Gain Clear Information to Target Instruction

Meaningful assessment does more than measure. It provides direction to guide instruction. InView is an innovative cognitive skills tests that can map student strengths, reveal hidden abilities, and point the way to new learning opportunities. When you know what your students know and can do, you can teach to your students' needs.


Challenge:

How are your students performing relative to their own potential and to other student groups? How can you identify achievement gaps, Gifted and Talented students, and latent learning problems?

Solution:

InView measures the reasoning skills of students in Grades 2-12 that are most directly related to academic success-skills that help you measure abilities accurately, target learning needs or problems, and motivate students to grow.


Using InView You Gain:

  • An accurate and reliable measure of inductive and deductive reasoning processes - abilities crucial for academic success
  • A valuable measure of quantitative reasoning, not reliant on math questions and free of gender bias
  • Insightful information about student skills that are valid predictors of student academic success
  • The ability to identify students for placement in the most appropriate learning programs
  • Translate Aptitude into Academic Success

Translate Aptitude into Academic Success

When teamed with quality achievement test like TerraNova®, Third Edition, InView provides anticipated-achievement scores for individual students and groups, allowing you to compare your students' achievement with that of other students of the same age, grade, and ability-and determine whether your students are achieving to their full potential. This information can help you use achievement results to guide instruction and improve learning opportunities.

Cognitive Skills Index (CSI) scores from InView provide a highly reliable measure of overall academic aptitude, which is valuable information for guidance, activities planning, and special program identification.

Anticipated Achievement scores allow you to compare student performance with that of similar individuals and groups. These scores are a powerful tool. Use them to improve instruction, address specific student strengths and needs, and provide valuable information for parent-teacher conferences.


Learn to use the InView and PTCS: Video and Handouts

Assessment Data: Screening for Exceptional Students and Their Needs: Video and Handouts

Post-test Workshop: Interpreting InView and PTCS Test Results. Video and Handouts

Manuals and User Guides

Manuals and User Guides

 



Spring 2017 Test Coordinator's Manual with CSP replacement pages. This is a zip file.

DRC INSIGHT Portal User Guide





Guide to Test Interpretation

 

Quick 10 Step Guide to Online Enrollment

 

 
ACSI’s Student Assessment Services: Christian School Program (CSP) Test Management Portal Training Series
Module 1: Accessing and Navigating the DRC INSIGHT Portal
Module 2: Online Enrollment: Registration for Machine Scoring
Module 3: Precoding: Ordering Precoded Barcode Labels - CLOSED FOR SPRING 2017