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Stanford Achievement Test, 10th edition: English Language Arts

Subject: English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): K – 12
Measures Growth: No
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The 10th edition of the Stanford Achievement Test includes multiple-choice questions in a wide range of subject areas, including reading, writing, spelling, math, science, social studies, study skills and listening skills. Reading and language skills are tested at all grade levels from K-12.

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Summary of Reviews

Overall Rating

 2 stars (9 reviews)

 

Aligned to My Instruction

 2.29 stars (9 reviews)

 

PROS

  • Aligned to the standards I teach
    3 votes
  • Assesses higher-order thinking
    2 votes
  • Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
    2 votes
  • Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
    1 vote

CONS

  • Takes students too long to complete
    8 votes
  • Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level
    6 votes
  • Not aligned to the standards I teach
    3 votes
  • Does not assess higher-order thinking
    2 votes

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2.2 stars (9 reviews)

 

PROS

  • Easy to administer
    5 votes
  • Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
    3 votes
  • Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
    1 vote
  • Data is presented clearly
    1 vote

CONS

  • Results are not returned quickly
    8 votes
  • Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time
    5 votes
  • Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher
    5 votes
  • It is hard to use the data
    2 votes
  • Difficult to administer
    1 vote

Reviews

STanford achievement test 10

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 4 stars

Pros: Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
Cons: Results are not returned quickly

Additional Comments

The reading portion of the test was long and the students got tired of reading the stories. The math portion was adequate and I believe it measures ability. What I have seen occurring is educators are spending more time teaching the test because administrators and the public seem to believe teacher competence is related to student performance on standardized tests .

Submitted by in Alabama on August 18, 2013

Stanford Achievement Test, 10th edition: English Language Arts

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The test is not aligned with any other test that the students will take in the future. Too much of the test is read aloud and many students would work better if they could move on at their own pace. They get tired of hearing the teacher read everything.

Submitted by in Tennessee on June 12, 2013

SAT 10

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer
Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Although this assessment covers some of the objectives, many areas are not covered. There is also a test days that are in a 90 minute block (and it is difficult for primary students to focus for this length of time). It is not a good gage of the learning that has taken place during the school year. It also does not gage their reading level and comprehension because a lot of the test is read to them. This causes kids to lose focus during the test.

Submitted by in Tennessee on June 12, 2013

Stanford Achievement Test

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 4 stars

Pros: Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve

Additional Comments

I was pleased with many areas assessed in the SAT 10. I did however feel that the Reading Comprehension was too long. The skill could have been assessed with 3 reading passages instead of 6 or 7. That is too many reading passages for a 6 year old to stay focused on.

Submitted by in Tennessee on April 29, 2013

Unfair...setting our students up for failure

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Pros: Easy to administer
Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

I teach Kindergarten and this is the second year I have administered the SAT. I don't know why but our school district mandates that we only give the sentence reading subset and the math subset. The sentence reading is actually at a first grade level. Only those students who would be considered gifted would do well. There are about 30 questions/sentences that kindergarteners have to read on their own and choose a corresponding picture. The words are very hard for them, silent e words and words with vowel combinations as well as blends. These types of words are taught in first grade. It is an unfair, they are being tested on subject matter that is not taught in kindergarten. Why set them up for failure?

Submitted by in Florida on April 11, 2013

Not All It Could Be

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time

Additional Comments

Seven of my eight year teaching career has been spent teaching 1st grade. Last year was my first year to administer the Stanford 10. My biggest con is that this information can't be used to measured student growth because 1st grade students do not take any type of standardized test. The data can't be used to help the 3rd grade teachers measure growth because 3rd grade students take a different test. The test helps me see what areas I need to make changes in however this past year the areas indicated for growth included areas that had less than 5 questions. I also don't like the fact that the listening portion of the test isn't given to students until the last day of testing when they are completely worn out from taking tests all week. There must be a better way to provide data for professional growth as well as student growth.

Submitted by in Tennessee on March 11, 2012

Culturally biased

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Assesses higher-order thinking
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments


This test is completely socially and culturally biased. Our MCS district does not give teachers adequate materials to prepare for this test and the reading passages are way too long for the students . The only advantage I have is I have given this test several times; so, I know the type of questioning to prepare my students. I often find myself 'teaching to the test' because of its many biases.

Submitted by in Tennessee on February 13, 2012

Culturally biased

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Assesses higher-order thinking
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

This test is completely socially and culturally biased. Our MCS district does not give teachers adequate materials to prepare for this test and the reading passages are way to long for the students . The only advantage I have is I have given this test several times so I know the type of questioning to prepare my students, but i often find myself 'teaching to the test' because of its many biases.

Submitted by in Tennessee on February 13, 2012

Kindergarten Level

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time

Additional Comments

Pros: The Stanford results are compared on a national level.
The format is grade-level appropriate for Kindergartners.

Cons: The Stanford takes too much time to complete and leads to a loss in instructional time.

Submitted by in California on January 21, 2012

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