Readiness Assessments

As the school year wraps up, there is still plenty of time to administer the Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT) for those leaving preschool and entering kindergarten next year. The purpose of the KRT is to determine the extent to which each of the underlying competencies in reading, mathematics and language have been developed so that instruction can be modified to meet the needs of each student. The 8 subtests may be given in 45 minutes. Scores and skill ratings for each individual subtest are measured along with an overall readiness score and rating.

 

For those leaving kindergarten and entering first grade in the fall, the School Readiness Test (SRT) is available for administration. The purpose of the SRT is to allow teachers to learn as much as possible about each entering student’s ability and about any factors that might interfere with his or her learning. The eleven subtests, with an optional handwriting assessment may be given in 1 hour and 35 minutes. Scores and skill ratings for each individual subtest are measured along with an overall readiness score and rating. The overall readiness score is also related to a national percentile and stanine.

 

Coming Soon is the new Preschool Progress Screening to evaluate your 3 and/or 4 year olds. This quick and easy assessment gives an idea of general education exposure at these young ages. Call us today at 1.800.642.6787 to take part in the pilot testing for Fall 2018 or to get more information.

HSPT/Pre-HSPT Online Services

Scholastic Testing Service now offers innovative tools and online services that will help save schools time and effort when administering the High School Placement Test (HSPT) or the Pre-HSPT.

 

The first service offered is our new Online Registration where families electronically sign up to take the HSPT or the Pre-HSPT at your school while also having the option of paying testing fees online. Schools are able to receive immediate registration confirmation to easily track registrants. At a school’s request, the online registration allows parents to receive their child’s scores directly via email or mail.

 

Administrators may now download, view and print electronic reports of student results through our Report Center. Log in anytime to obtain results faster via PDF and reduce shipping costs. CSV files are also available to help customize your own reporting. Please note, pressure sensitive labels are not included in the Report Center.

 

Make-up testing has now become easier with the HSPT E-Score. This online application replaces the paper answer sheet so students record their answers onto the HSPT E-Score answer sheet. An Alphabetical List and Performance Profile are uploaded in your account within 15 minutes of submission. The Pre-HSPT is also available for the HSPT E-Score.

 

Call our office today at 1.800.642.6787 to further discuss our online services and how they may help you.

Torrance Tests of Creative Thinkking

Scholastic Testing Service is the publisher of the highly reliable Torrance® Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT). For many years, the TTCT has supported educators with identification of gifted and talented students and have been used as part of gifted matrices in states and districts in multicultural populations for more than 50 years. The TTCT assesses creative abilities and provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their diverse talents, imagination, and creative potential based upon life experiences. It has also been found to predict children’s creative achievement better than most IQ tests. The TTCT invites examinees to draw and give a title to their drawings (pictures) or to write questions, reasons, consequences and different uses for objects (words). Published in two equivalent forms, Forms A & B, the Figural and Verbal TTCT can be used for pre- and post-testing. The Figural TTCT is also available in Spanish.

 

The Figural TTCT is appropriate for kindergarten through adult with an administration time of 30 minutes. The Verbal TTCT is appropriate for grade 1 through adult with an administration time of 45 minutes.

 

Both versions of the TTCT may be scored locally by purchasing the suitable scoring guides and norms-technical manuals. For those who wish to send in the response booklets for scoring, the STS scorers are capable of scoring with a high degree of reliability. Computerized individual and group reporting which includes raw scores and national and local percentiles are part of the scoring service.

Helpful Parent’s Guidelines to the HSPT

The High School Placement Test (HSPT®) is in full swing right now with eighth graders testing to determine student admission, placement and scholarship awards based on HSPT performance. So as a parent, how can you help accommodate your child for a successful testing experience? The following guidelines can help prepare your child for the HSPT.

First make sure the child gets a restful night sleep. Also, make sure the child gets a healthy breakfast in the morning. This will help the child be more energetic and productive during the 2.5 hours of HSPT test administration.

Before you send in the child into the high school for the HSPT, remind them of the following:
1. Read the directions and each question carefully.
2. Pace yourself. Time limits are set for each subtest. The test administrator will      announce the halfway point of each subtest.
3. Answer every question. If you are unsure of an answer, take your best guess. There is no penalty for answering incorrectly.
4. Check your work. If time permits, go back and review your answers.

Now that the HSPT is complete, take your child out for an ice cream sundae. They deserve it!

International Torrance Creativity Awards 2017

cover_torranceAwards2017The International Torrance Creativity Awards 2017 will be coming to an end soon.  Center for Gifted Directior, Joan Smutny has reported “we are beginning to have some very fine submissions …we have four categories:
  • creative writing,
  • visual arts,
  • music composition,
  • and inventions.
This flyer will give further information: (http://www.centerforgifted.org/torranceAwards2017.pdf). It is an inspiration to see the quality of material that comes in to us. The beauty of material submitted, the strength and quality of the submissions, the originality, creativity, and imagination all point to students of obvious talent who genuinely wish to submit high quality material. We are grateful to have such submissions from students ages 8–18, from the United States and abroad.”
The 2016 International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards magazine is available for review.  Are your students creative?

 

Try the QUIC Tests for Immediate Student Results

The fastest way to place your new students!

The fastest way to place your new students!

Are you looking for a “quick” assessment to check class performance or to help with student placement for grades 2-12? In just 35 minutes or less, the QUIC Tests provide immediate feedback in the areas of mathematics and communicative arts.

QUIC Tests consist of item sets that focus on content uniquely representative of that specific grade level. The test booklets are reusable and a carbonless answer sheet is provided for students to mark their answers. When testing is complete, the teacher simply opens the answer sheet to access the answer key.


Choose your format:

  • Self-Scoring with student response forms
  • Machine-Scorable answer sheets with STS scoring and reporting
  • QUIC Online is the fastest way to assess students and receive reports

 

QUIC Tests generate a competency-based grade equivalent and a raw score. The raw score can then be converted to a standard score in order to determine if the student is performing at, above, or below grade level.

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