Grade Level(s): 8 – 9
Measures Growth: No
EXPLORE® contains four curriculum-based assessments: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The assessment is based on the major areas of high school and postsecondary instructional programs and measures the skills and knowledge needed for college success. Additionally, EXPLORE includes a career exploration component that stimulates students' thinking about future plans and relates personal characteristics to career options. EXPLORE is designed to be aligned to the Common Core, and results are returned within two to four weeks.
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Aligned to My Instruction
Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach • Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level • Takes students a reasonable amount of time 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 • Data is presented clearly
Cons: Results are not returned quickly • It is hard to use the data • Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher
I've found the EXPLORE to be an accurate way to measure student growth over the year using it as a pre, mid, and post-assessment. If used with the PLAN (10th grade) and ACT (11th grade), the EXPLORE (9th grade) can be an early predictor of college-readiness.
Submitted by Jillian in Illinois on February 26, 2012