Terra Nova - Multiple Assessments: Math
Grade Level(s): 1 – 12
Measures Growth: No
TerraNova, Third Edition Multiple Assessments measures higher-order thinking skills as well as basic and applied skills. These assessments generate norm-referenced achievement scores, criterion-referenced objective mastery scores, and performance-level information. Math is measured at grade levels from 1-12.
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A good tool for summative scores, not for instruction.
Aligned to My Instruction
Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach • Assesses higher-order thinking • Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: 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 • Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
Cons: Results are not returned quickly • It is hard to use the data • Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher
The test has a good selection of questions and assesses many skills. The main issue is that the score report you get as a teacher provides very little instructional tools moving forward in your teaching. Where as assessments from Discovery Education will show you the exact questions your students missed the Terra Nova will only tell you the area the student scored poorly in, so you can focus on teaching them "Reading", but you don't know what part of reading or what actual specific skill they are missing. If not looked at as an instructional tool (just as a bench-marking tool), it is proficient.
Submitted by Marcello in District of Columbia on February 29, 2012