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Information on Taking the Terra Nova Standardized Test

by Michelle Sweezey, studioD

The Terra Nova is a norm-referenced, standardized test used by many schools across the United States. Offered in several formats including Common Core, Multiple Measures, Basic Battery and Survey, the Terra Nova is a respected measure of student achievement. Designed to be comparable to the public school state assessments, the Terra Nova is widely used by private schools as a summative assessment each spring and is also used in whole or part by specialty programs in public schools as an entrance measure for candidates wishing to attend a program such as Rapid Learner or GATE.

Terra Nova Common Core

The newest form of the Terra Nova, the Common Core Assessment, measures student understanding of the National Common Core standards for grades three through eight. Subjects assessed include reading, math, English language arts, science and social studies. Reflective of the standards it measures, this assessment, while still including traditional multiple-choice questions, also us multiple-response formats such as constructed response, extended constructed response and performance tasks

Terra Nova Multiple Assessments

Schools not seeking to measure Common Core Standards mastery may choose this comprehensive assessment as an alternative. Targeted for grades one through 12, the Multiple Assessments test uses norms from 2011 and measures both higher-order critical thinking skills as well as student achievement in reading, math, language, science and social studies. Student responses include constructed response and selected response. With an emphasis on using data to drive instruction, results are shared as norm-referenced achievement scores as well as performance levels and criterion-referenced objective mastery scores.

Terra Nova Complete Battery

For those seeking a more traditional test, the Complete Battery offers norm-referenced scores assessing student mastery in the same subjects as does the Multiple Assessments test. However, unlike the Multiple Measures test, the Complete Battery focuses on evaluating fundamental and practical skills rather than critical thinking. To assist in understanding demonstrated student learning, a variety of diagnostic tools are offered through the reports available to school administrators, staff and parents.

Terra Nova Survey

This version of the Terra Nova is the most abbreviated and is similar to the Complete Battery in all areas excluding length. Designed to be a quick diagnostic, this assessment is completed solely with selected response and can be scored quickly and efficiently to measure student learning in reading, language, math, science and social science.

About the Author

Based in Sacramento, Calif., Michelle Sweezey has been writing professionally for the last eight years. Backed by more than a decade of experience in the fields of education, administration, and training and development, Sweezey has put her Master of Arts in language and literacy to work writing for people and organizations across multiple platforms.

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