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Iowa Assessments

Iowa Assessments

Assess Less. Measure More.

Data you can trust in less testing time!

The Iowa Assessments from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are evidence-based, psychometrically sound assessments that measure student achievement and grown against next generation learning standards for grades K–12. Because of an efficient test design and powerful reporting, the Iowa Assessments allow you to assess less but measure more.

Iowa Assessments all new Form G and its equivalent Form E are built to a carefully constructed test blueprint and content specifications focused on current best-in-class state, national, and international benchmarks and standards of educational achievement.

New 2017 norms provide the most up-to-date national comparisons of student performance.

The Iowa Assessments enable administrators and educators to:

  • Monitor Growth using a continuous, research-based, verticle scale
  • Indicate College and Career Readiness starting at 6th grade
  • Evaluate student mastery of next generation skills and rigorous learning standards

All while offering:

  • Items align to one of three cognitive levels, providing an additional view of mastery
  • Skill and core domain alignment and reporting
  • Reporting suite includes Lexile® and Quantile® measures
  • Ancillaries include print-on-demand planning and interpretive guides, online videos, and training materials

Measure College and Career Readiness  — Beginning in Middle School

Maximizing your school resources—instructor time, money, and curricular changes—has never been more challenging or important. Only Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has the insight and data systems to help you track the college and career readiness starting at Grade 6. Data gathered from our reliable and evidence–based assessments can help you make important decisions by providing projected reports of student preparedness for success through Grade 12 and beyond.

How it works

The Iowa Assessments generate readiness reports showing where students in Grades 6–12 land on the college and career preparedness scale, informing decisions related to curricula and teacher performance. In addition, individual student data helps identify students who may require intervention or advanced courses and programs, or those who would benefit from accelerated coursework.

Why it works

Iowa Assessments are the only assessments that begin evaluating student preparedness for the ACT©/SAT© in Grade 6 — two years before any other existing assessment system.

Grades 6–8 are a critical time for skills development, so the ability to begin interventions or adjust curricula to ensure students are "on track" for success before they enter high school can go a long way toward improving overall student and school performance.

In addition, the longitudinal data system allows you to track students year over year and within the school year, so you can demonstrate immediate and long term gains in achievement at the same time.

How do you track growth?

With increasing pressure on schools across the country to provide data showing student growth, you need a way to reliably monitor each student's progress across the entire K–12 continuum. That's why the robust vertical scale underlying the Iowa Assessments facilitates an enhanced Growth Model.

Learning is a continuous process, and individuals learn incrementally and at different rates. When we measure progress, we avoid applying arbitrary labels to students or placing them in buckets. Instead, by monitoring growth, we focus on setting long–term goals and understanding student progress towards college and career readiness. Using growth data can help you plan instruction and implement swift curriculum changes based on what students know and can do.


Features and Benefits

  • Accurate longitudinal data reporting
  • A vertical scale
  • Standard score growth continuum
  • Enhanced tools for differentiation
  • Universal screening

Optional Paper Reports

CogAT

CogAT

The Best Abilities Test Continues to Get Even Better! 

More educators choose CogAT than any other group–administered abilities assessment.

Exciting news!  In 2017, HMH® released updated norms for Form 7.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT®) Form 7 measures students' verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities and assists educators in determining instructional strategies.


Authored by Dr. David F. Lohman of the University of Iowa, a nationally recognized expert on abilities assessments, CogAT continues to:

  • Identify all students' abilities
  • Link teachers to instructional strategies through unique Ability Profiles
  • Deliver predictive data with the Iowa Assessments and highlight significant discrepancies between expected and actual achievement
  • Include three separate cognitive domains to form a more comprehensive perspective of a student's reasoning abilities
  • Offer superior technical quality

Features and Benefits:

EL Friendly: Form 7 further levels the playing field for English learners by introducing improvements such as picture prompts instead of verbal prompts.

Measures Broad Range of Student Performance: The addition of more challenging items at each level helps reduce the need for out–of–level testing.

Professional Development and Support: Teachers and administrators may view interactive web content and videos, review pre–testing instructions, and learn instructional strategies based on student performance to help answer the "what's next" questions.

Reporting Options: Age and grade normative scores, local norms, separate and composite scores for ability batteries, predicted achievement scores, and the Ability Profile Score provide multiple data points for use in identification and instruction.


Optional Paper Reports

Riverside Interim Assessments Online

Riverside Interim Assessments Online

A Benchmarking System to Complete Your Balanced Assessment Program

Riverside® Interim Assessments help you monitor your students' growth toward proficiency in English Language Arts/Literacy and Math. Built with rigorous content to ensure accurate measurement across the curriculum, these benchmarks provide detailed data on student performance to prepare all students to succeed on higher–stakes tests.

Riverside Interim Assessments offer three parallel forms per content area for Grades 2–11 as high–quality benchmark measures to address the need for multiple data points across the year, demonstrating student growth and progress over time.

Riverside Interim Assessments are designed for ease-of-use by teachers, administrators, and district personnel. Online administration and dynamic online reporting through the DataManager platform allows educators to make data-driven evaluations and decisions.


Additional Benefits

  • Assess quickly with pre–built forms that are research-based and ready for immediate administration
  • Monitor student growth, achievement, and progress with easy-to-interpret web-based reports
  • Gain insight into student readiness for high-stakes assessments
  • Independently measure and audit implementation of 21st-century curriculum and college and career readiness


Administration and Test Times

The Riverside Interim Assessments are administered online to measure student learning and provide meaningful feedback to teachers and administrators. Scores are reported in 24 hours of test completion, via DataManager.

The Riverside Interim Assessments are untimed and may be broken into two sections. The sections may be administered together or separately to make the best use of allotted class time.


*Assessment is untimed.

English Language Arts/Literacy Domains Assessed

In ELA/Literacy, the same domains are in evidence across most grade levels. However, the depth and complexity of learning requirements increase progressively across the grades. Scores are provided for domains by grade level.

ELA/Literacy items focus on higher order thinking skills such as summary, comparison, analysis, reasoning, and the use of text-based evidence. Passages are complex and challenging and presented in pairs, requiring close reading and enabling synthesis, analysis, and comparison. Students are presented with a mix of literary and informational passages, including science and social studies for grade 6 and above.


Mathematics Domains Assessed

In the chart below, you can see the math domains. Certain domains, such as Operations and Algebraic Thinking, are cornerstones for the more complex topics, such as Algebra, that come later. At each grade level in math, there are four to five domains which are of the greatest importance for proficiency in math.

Math items focus on the understanding of mathematical concepts, mathematical reasoning, and problem solving. Scores are provided by domains by grade level.


Linking the Riverside Interims to the Iowa Assessment

For those educators who elect to use the Iowa Assessments with the Riverside Interim Assessments as part of a comprehensive Balanced Assessment System, the Riverside Interim Assessments total score scales for ELA and Mathematics have been aligned to associated Iowa Assessments scores. The growth scale for the Riverside Interim Assessments has been defined using basic characteristics of the Iowa SS scale. Links between the growth scale and the Iowa Assessments scale itself have been established through a process referred to as "scale alignment" (Holland & Dorans, 20065). In this way, the Riverside Interim Assessments and the Iowa Assessments can be used together to monitor the growth of students over time. However, because the Riverside Interim Assessments and the Iowa Assessments measure related but slightly different constructs, estimated ranges of probable Iowa Assessments scores are provided for each Riverside Interim Assessments score in lieu of actual point estimates.

As shown below, the Student Profile – Balanced Assessment Line Graph presents results from Iowa Assessments and Riverside Interim Assessments and allows you to set growth goals for a student and track the student's progress over time. A blue line indicates the growth goal that you set for the student. The scores for each test administration appear as red or green, indicating that the student is above or below the growth goal, respectively. For comparison purposes, the graphs also display a gray line representing the growth in achievement for the average student in the nation over the same period of time.


Powerful Online Reporting

Designed for ease–of–use by teachers, administrators, and district personnel, online reporting via DataManager empowers educators to make data–driven decisions and evaluate effectiveness. See below to view a few sample reports for the Riverside Interim Assessments.

DataManager (Online Reporting System)

DataManager (Online Reporting System)


Streamline Your Test Management

DataManager is your online resource for streamlining management of your assessment program using the Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).

Use DataManager to:

  • Prepare for test events
  • View reports online
  • Export reports to PDF, RFT, or Microsoft Excel© format
  • Interpret results
  • Access digital resources


DataManager is your single tool to put the power of assessment in your hands—before, during, and after testing.

Powerful Web–based Reporting

DataManager offers powerful web–based reporting so that all stakeholders—families, teachers, and administrators—can get the most out of the data from the assessment. Web–based reporting offers more flexibility in working with data than a static paper report, and gives you the ability to:

  • Create dynamic displays with the click of a mouse
  • Compare data by different classes, different buildings, or review summary data for content area totals
  • Drill down to individual tests and analyze performance on diagnostic skills and use the information to inform instruction
  • Access your data on demand


Report Center in DataManager

The Report Center in DataManager provides additional flexibility in viewing reports with streamlined and enhanced navigation for ease of use.

Use the Report Center to:

  • Create, save and manage your own unique report criteria in the Reports application
  • Set up multiple reports to run concurrently while continuing to work within any DataManager application until the reports are ready for view
  • Run reports for large groups of students in a "batch" mode without being tied up waiting on processing
  • Run and print a suite of HMH Central Scoring Service style paper report PDFs.

Sample Web-based Reports

Optional paper reports can be added to our robust online reporting to create a unique combination of services that best suits the needs of your school, district, and students.  Please visit the Iowa Assessment Reports Package.

Instructional Resources & Materials

Instructional Resources & Materials






CogAT Interactive Ability Profile System highlights both the level and pattern of a student's ability, helping to provide educational guidance for all students, not just those with high ability.

Using CogAT Score Profiles to Differentiate Instruction (Winter 2017)

CogAT Form 7 2017 (Fall 2017)

Universal Screening in Gifted and Talented Identification: Implementation and Overcoming Challenges (November 2016)

Program Diversity and the Alternative Verbal Scale of CogAT Form 7 (Back to School 2016)

Check out the newest issue of HMH's newsletter: Cognitively Speaking.

Manuals & User Guides for HMH

Manuals & User Guides for HMH



ACSI member schools that administer HMH Assessments have complimentary access to an extensive Digital Resource Library, housed in DataManager.

If your school is testing with any of the below listed HMH Assessments, you may access any of the related manuals or user guides directly through your DataManager account. Once you are logged into your DataManager account, you may access them electronically, download the PDFs or print the guides.

Here is a look at the digital resources available for your use:


IOWA ASSESSMENTS

Research and Development Guide – Summarizes the development, standardization, and test construction procedures for Iowa Assessments Form E and Form G.

Product Guide – Helps school administrators and test coordinators understand and select Iowa Assessments Form E and Form F products and services in preparation for ordering.

Planning and Implementation Guide – Helps test coordinators plan for testing, support test administration, and distribute score reports for the Iowa Assessments Form E and Form G.

Message to Families (English and Spanish) – A template to help teachers and school administrators create a letter to send to families before students take the Iowa Assessments Form E or Form G.

Score Interpretation Guides – Helps teachers, counselors, and school administrators interpret and use results of the Iowa Assessments Form E and Form G so that students and schools gain the greatest benefit from the administration of this assessment.

Norms and Score Conversion Guides – Provides information relevant to teachers and staff who hand score the Iowa Assessments Form E and Form G, enables educators to convert raw scores into standard scores, grade equivalents, percentile ranks, stanines, and normal curve equivalents, and to calculate Total and Composite scores,

Content Classifications Guides – Contains content classifications and fall, midyear, and spring item norms for Iowa Assessments Form E and Form G.

Supplemental Coding Guide – Explains how to plan and implement the manual coding of Iowa Assessments Form E and Form G, Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7, and Logramos Third Edition answer documents to collect information needed for data analysis or reporting purposes; also applies to schools that use plain-paper answer documents printed from DataManager to determine what coding should be included in the student data file that is imported into DataManager.

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COGNITIVE ABILITIES TEST (COGAT)

Research and Development Guide – Summarizes the development, standardization, and test construction procedures for the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7.

Product Guide – Helps school administrators and test coordinators understand and select Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7products and services in preparation for ordering.

Planning and Implementation Guide – Helps test coordinators plan for testing, support test administration, and distribute score reports for the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7.

Practice Activities, Teacher Guide – Helps teachers provide guided, pre-testing practice and feedback to familiarize students with item types encountered on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7.

Practice Activities, Student Book – Provides students with guided, pre-testing practice and feedback to familiarize them with item types encountered on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7.

Practice Activities, Answer Sheet – Sample answer sheet to be used with the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 Practice Activities to provide students with practice marking answers.

Score Interpretation Guides – Helps teachers, counselors, and school administrators interpret and use results of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7.

A Short Guide for Teachers – Provides guidance for the classroom teacher by outlining instructional strategies based on student ability profiles.

Norms and Score Conversions Guide – Provides information relevant to teachers and staff who hand score the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 and convert raw scores to normative scores.

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DATAMANAGER

Navigation – Provides helpful information about accessing, navigating, and using DataManager.

System Administration – Provides step-by-step instructions for managing and maintaining location, staff/user, and student information associated with your school system,

Reporting – Provides step-by-step instructions for viewing reports online in DataManager, creating customized reports, printing reports, and exporting reports.

Managing Web Reporting Keys – For schools that order web reports after submitting answer documents to HMH Scoring Service for scanning, provides step-by-step instructions for distributing reporting keys to staff members who need access to DataManager web reports; also provides instructions for staff members to create a DataManager Reporting account for viewing reports.

DataManager eLearning Video Training – Links to the site providing DataManager eLearning resources including DataManager Overview, Web Reporting Keys, and Reporting Overview.

Standard Export – Balanced Assessment File Format – Provides the HMH Standard Export Template file format used in data exports of Iowa Assessments Form E and Form G and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT®) Form 7 assessment results.

Standard Export – Riverside Interim Assessments File Format – Provides the Riverside Standard Export Template file format used in data exports of Riverside Interim Assessments results.

Custom Export – Balance Assessment File Format – Provides the HMH Custom Export Template file format used in data exports of Iowa Assessments Form E and Form G and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT®) Form 7 assessments results.

Custom Export – Riverside Interim Assessments File Format – Provides the Riverside Custom Export Template file format used in data exports of Riverside Interim Assessments results.

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RIVERSIDE INTERIM ASSESSMENTS

Research Overview – Describes the research methods and standards employed in the development of the Riverside Interim Assessments.

Using the Riverside Interim Assessments – Helps test coordinators plan for testing, support test administration, and manage scoring for the Riverside Interim Assessments.

Performance Level Descriptors – Provides descriptions of each performance level (Proficient, Approaching Proficiency, and Needs Improvement) by grade and content area for the Riverside Interim Assessments.

Directions for Online Administration, Grades 2-11 – Describes the procedures that test administrators should follow when administering the Riverside Interim Assessments Online with DataManager.

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Online Enrollment

Online Enrollment

Uploading Precoded Barcode Label files MUST be completed during the Online Enrollment window used.

Be prepared for Online Enrollment...

Required for ALL schools using machine scoring (not schools who self–score).

Online Enrollment through the ACSI-HMH Assessment Program confirms that your tests will be scored by HMH Scoring Service with results delivered online via DataManager. Optional printed reports will be mailed to the school. Optional printed reports are ordered when you complete your Order For Scoring Services. You also have the option to order Precoded Barcode Labels to ensure accuracy of student demographic information.


Online Enrollment Windows:
Window 1: January 8–February 2
Window 2: February 8–March 2


HMH Scoring Service Packet - delivery dates:
Window 1: February 19–23
Window 2: March 19–23

Precoded Barcode Labels must be ordered in the same window used for online enrollment. They may be ordered here (a link will be available soon) and take 10 business days to complete. Your Scoring Service Folder will be held until your Precoded Barcode Labels are ready to ship.


HMH Scoring Service Packet includes*:

  • Test Coordinator's Letter
  • Order Form for HMH Scoring Service
  • Premarked Building Identification Sheet
  • Class identification Sheets
  • UPS RS Instruction Sheet
  • UPS Return Service Labels
  • Special Processing Labels

*Only current year's forms may be used.


Note: If the HMH Scoring Service Packet is not received by the date listed, please contact ACSI Member Care at 800.367.0798, or email Member_Care@acsi.org.

For more information, please call 800.367.0798 or click here to contact ACSI Member Care.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018


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KEY DATES:
OngoingOrder Materials
Dec. 12, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018 Please note that ACSI will be closed from December 23, 2017, until January 2, 2018. No orders will be processed or shipped during this time. Also, due to school closures during the holidays, no product will be shipped to schools from December 12 through December 21, 2018, except by special request.
Jan. 8, 2018 - Feb. 2, 2018 Window 1: Online Enrollment and Precoded Barcode Labels
Feb. 8, 2018 - March 3, 2018 Window 2: Online Enrollment and Precoded Barcode Labels
Feb. 19 - 23, 2018 Window 1: HMH Scoring Service Packet delivered
March 19 - 23, 2018 Window 2: HMH Scoring Service Packet delivered
March 2018 Early Testing Window
April 2018 Traditional Testing Window
May 31, 2018 All answer documents must be received by HMH.



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