Terra Nova Test Scores
Each spring, Archdiocesan students participate in the TerraNova Multiple Assessments exam. The Office of Catholic Schools requires testing to be administered in grades three, five and seven. In recent years, many schools have begun to administer the exam at several grade levels in order to collect additional data to support curriculum and instruction. Immaculate Conception School begins to administer the TerraNova in first grade; therefore, this past March students in first through seventh grade took the exam.
Approximately, two weeks prior to the exam, teachers explained to the students the purpose of the exam, highlighted important aspects of the exam and administered practice tests. Upon completing the practice tests, teachers also briefly discussed and reviewed the questions and answers to those tests.These activities occurred in order to inform the students of the test, encourage them to perform their best and relieve any confusion or anxiety about the test.
Second through seventh grade students were administered the In View part of the TerraNova which tests verbal and non-verbal cognitive skills on the first day of scheduled testing. Testing continued throughout the week in which all students in grades one through seven took achievement tests in the areas of reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies.The test results have now arrived and we are very proud of the students’ performance on the TerraNova.
Averages for grade levels one through seven were all well above the national average.The grade level groups all scored in the top eleven percent nationally.These scores along with many other assessments provide teachers with valuable information in order to properly design instruction to maximize learning.We are delighted that ICS has experienced such great academic success in a relatively short period of time.