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Student Assessments

“If you can not measure it, you can not improve it.”

-Lord Kelvin

Assessments

Verifiable gains in student performance over time is a key indicator of a quality instructional program.

School improvement has historically depended on quality assessment to help educational leaders focus on school changes that bring higher levels of excellence through increased student performance. LCS is committed to providing quality assessments designed to help administrators evaluate improvement in students as well as staff. As schools are committed to advancing the Kingdom of God, it is also important that schools measure spiritual growth as well.

Although the publisher of the Stanford 10 had previously announced that the test was being retired, this retirement has been cancelled. The test will continue to be available until a new retirement date is set. However, we still recommend considering The Iowa Tests®/Iowa Assessments™.

This year’s testing is scheduled to occur between April 02 – April 27, 2018. All schools MUST test within this window.

All orders for test materials must be submitted no later than December 15, 2017. Prices listed on the form are subject to increase on orders submitted after that date. Machine scorable documents should be shipped to the scoring center to arrive no later than May 7, 2018. Documents arriving after May 7, 2018 will NOT be included in the ILCS summary data and will NOT receive ILCS local norms on the reports.

Please observe the following deadlines when planning the administration of the Stanford 10 for this year:

Early Order Deadline (10% to 20%) Discount: December 15, 2017
Test must be administered: April 04 – April 27, 2018
Test Material MUST be return postmarked by: May 7, 2018

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Accreditation requires schools to demonstrate academic accountability by annually administering or making provisions for students to take a nationally norm-referenced test.

After much discussion and consideration of the various tests, the board has chosen to partner IOWA Assessments. This decision was based upon much research and comparisons. Our goal was to find an assessment that rivaled the rigor for which the Stanford Achievement Tests were known. The board determined that the closest test that matched the rigor and content was the Iowa Assessments, Form E. (See a quick test comparison here.)

IOWA ASSESMENTS, FORM E

This is a top-rated, nationally standardized test designed to evaluate thinking skills. It is very similar to the Stanford Achievement Test, except that it is a timed test, permits greater flexibility for students taking a test out of grade level, and permits a wider grade range of students to be tested at the same time. Administrators must hold a bachelor’s degree.

The Iowa takes 2-3 days to administer. While there are some restrictions on who may proctor the test, they vary slightly from the Stanford (See Tester Qualifications here). This test can be given to grades K-12 and can be coupled with a cognitive test called the CogAT. The Iowa Assessments test listening skills through grade 3, and has the option to cover science, social science, and reference skills for grades 1-12. Form E’s Group List Report provides predicted ACT/SAT performance as early as 6th grade so the school can tell whether students are on track.

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The retail pricing for PEERS testing is $24.95 per test including online testing, personal Scorecards, group summary reports and new this year, a copy of our newest product, Cure for the Common Core.  This is an excellent resource for parents and pastors of affiliate churches of the school.

Our standard discount for schools who are regular users of PEERS is 25%.  The July Special is normal 35%; this year I am increasing the discount to 40% for testing sessions of 10 or more tests.  This makes the price $14.97 per test (high school grade levels), with orders place by August 14th.  The junior high test (grades 7, 8) is also available online and with discounts; the price is $10.50 per test.

To receive the discounts, please call our order line, 1-800-948-3101 and give contact info, number of tests need (students and faculty if needed) and credit card information.

In addition, I am making another special offer for our In-Service program, a study for faculty on biblical philosophy of education.  This course, Education From a Biblical Worldview, (EBW) has now been accepted by nearly all Christian school associations for C.E.U. credit (2.0 units).  The program starts with an Administrator Kit which includes several of our key worldview materials plus a 2-disc DVD set which provides professional teaching on the EBW course.  The retail price for the Kit products is $410.30.  We make this kit available at Christian school conferences for $275.00.  For our July Special, I am offering it at our lowest price ever, $195.00.  You will be able to use the DVD teaching set as often as you like, with full replacement of discs should they become inoperable.  If you want to consider the full In-Service program, please purchase the Admin Kit with your PEERS testing order; we will then discuss a customized pricing for your school for the faculty training.

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Which Test Should A Christian School Use?

Below are descriptions for several different tests that are available for Christian Schools to use. Remember that longitudinal scores and student achievement gains are more obvious when a school uses the same assessments year after year.

BASIC ACHIEVEMENT SKILLS INVENTORY (BASI)

Available for grades 3-12, this nationally normed test does not have any special requirements on who can administer it. The BASI covers math, reading, and language (it does not cover science, social studies, or study skills). It is a timed test, and takes about two hours to administer.

BRIGANCE DIAGNOSTIC INVENTORIES

Especially valuable for students with special needs, this test is a long, in-depth assessment, routinely used in public schools to develop an IEP. The Yellow Brigance covers birth to developmental age 7; the Green Brigance covers grade levels Pre-K through 9.

IOWA TEST OF BASIC SKILLS (ITBS; HIGH SCHOOL VERSION – ITED)

This is a top-rated, nationally standardized test designed to evaluate thinking skills. It is very similar to the Stanford Achievement Test, except that it is a timed test, permits greater flexibility for students taking a test out of grade level, and permits a wider grade range of students to be tested at the same time. Administrators must hold a bachelor’s degree.

Taking 2-3 days to administer, the Iowa can be given to grades K-12 and can be coupled with a cognitive test called the CogAT. The ITBS tests listening skills through grade 2, and has the option to cover science, social science, and reference skills for grades 1-12. Grades 8-12 can also take the Interest Explorer, a test that asks about 180 questions. This information is combined with the test results to suggest several fields of study for higher learning and/or employment that would be most appropriate for that student.

KAUFMAN TEST OF EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT (KTEA-II BRIEF FORM)

The KTEA-II is an individually administered, normed, and standardized assessment of academic achievement for ages 4 through 90+. It is not a timed test. The test administrator must be qualified.

The Achievement Battery (Brief Form) is part of a comprehensive assessment for cognitive and achievement measurement widely used by many professionals and school systems. The Brief Form measures reading ability with word reading and passage comprehension, and math ability with applied problems and computation. It also contains a spelling and written language assessment.

Like the Woodcock-Johnson, the KTEA-II does not have multiple-choice items. Most questions are asked orally, with the examiner recording student responses. This test format is often easier for students above grade two with expressive-language or vocabulary delays.

STANFORD ACHIEVEMENT TEST (SAT-10; HIGH SCHOOL VERSION – TASK)

This is also a top-rated, nationally standardized test. The Stanford tests listening skills through grade eight, and includes the scores from science/social studies in the Complete Composite score.

The SAT-10 takes 2-4 days to administer depending on the students. This test may be given to grades K-12 and along with an optional cognitive test called the OLSAT. The SAT gives the option to cover science, social science, and reference skills for grades 1-12.

TERRA NOVA/CALIFORNIA ACHIEVEMENT TEST (CAT)

This test is popular because there are no qualifications necessary to administer it. However, this test is the reincarnation of the California Achievement Test.

There are two version of this test available:

  • CAT/6 (also known as TerraNova 2nd Edition) normed in 2005
  • TerraNova 3rd Edition, normed in 2011.

The TerraNova Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS), like other tests, has the option to test science, social science, and reference skills for grades 1-12.

WIDE RANGE ACHIEVEMENT TEST (WRAT)

Although this test can be completely administered in 30-45 minutes, it is extremely accurate. Since the test is so short, it works especially well as an admission test and for children with ADD.

WOODCOCK-JOHNSON TEST TESTS OF ACHIEVEMENT (WJ3)

The Woodcock-Johnson must be administered one-on-one (no group testing). It is used widely in school systems to determine eligibility for learning disabilities as well as for gifted programs. This test provides flexibility; the proctor has 20+ subtests to choose from and can combine these various subtests to meet any special testing needs. The test has oral sections, written sections, and timed and untimed sections–it is not a multiple choice test. The WJ3 can be used for ages 4 through adult.