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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Time for Readiness Testing

krt_srt_blog_2014As spring approaches, make sure your pre-K and kindergarten students are ready for their next steps. Use STS’ Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT) and School Readiness Test (SRT) to assess whether they’ve acquired the underlying reading and math skills that they need.  Testing can be done individually or in small groups and the scoring materials provide group and individual results. Both tests were designed for use at the end of the school year.

The KRT and SRT are newly revised so that test materials align with the standards being used in most classrooms. Once testing is complete, we offer a KRT and SRT Parent/Teacher Report.  This is a convenient, easy- to-read, snapshot of student competencies so that parents know exactly what their students’ strengths and weaknesses are.

For further questions about STS readiness tests, please contact Amy at 1.800.642.6787 or complete the form below:

The Continuing Importance of Creativity

Business professor Adam Grant’s new bestselling title, Originals, focuses on innovative thinkers and the incredible impact they have on the business world. His work is a timely reminder that discovering and nurturing creativity matters not just in the classroom, but in the larger economy as well.

To find and nurture your innovative thinkers, STS offers the world’s  best known creativity assessment, The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) for kindergarteners-adults. Choose the Figural Edition to assess creativity through pictures or the Verbal Edition to assess thinking creatively with words.