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.

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Test Preparation and the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking

Test preparation is a hot topic with teachers and parents because the costs of student failure seem huge. So it seems to be a good time to write about test preparation and our Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) ­– Thinking Creatively with Pictures and Thinking Creatively with Words.

The immediate question is – should we prepare students to take a creativity test? The author of the TTCT, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, believed the answer was no because test prep may help students achieve entrance into a creative class or gifted program, but preparation could not increase a student’s creativity or determine how creative they can be.

We also believe that students should not be “prepped” prior to taking the TTCT for three reasons.

(1) One of the features of test preparation is that students often learn about how to take a test without increasing their ability to master test content. As a result, students who participated in test prep courses might receive spuriously high test scores that will cause them to be misplaced in a program for which they are not well-suited.

(2) The TTCT is a standardized test. Standardized test situations are prescribed so that all students taking the tests have the same opportunity. In other words, all students should be seeing the test for the first time, and they should all be prepared to do their best without any extra pretest help. On the TTCT, “doing their best” requires focusing on showing the examiner something creative that has never been seen or thought of before. When standardized testing is completed, prescriptive and diagnostic teaching should be used as a means to follow-up with students. In fact, we believe that any standardized test scores should be followed up with explanation and more directed teaching.

(3) When people ask us for test prep materials, we suggest that students and parents review the student’s current test scores and identify areas for improvement. Based on this review, students can focus on acquiring educational materials that will help them succeed in areas where they currently struggle. This kind of preparation will help students become better students not just better test-takers.

For more information on the TTCT, visit our website www.ststesting.com.


Related:

Books by E. Paul Torrance and Torrance Scholars

Development Screening for Early Childhood Readiness

Does your school need a developmental screening tool to help determine early childhood readiness? Then the Comprehensive Identification Process (CIP) is the perfect tool for you.

Appropriate for children between the ages of 2 and 6 1/2 years of age, the CIP helps identify children who may need special medical, psychological or educational assistance to function at their highest possible level upon entering grade school.

The screening process takes 30-45 minutes with children performing a series of tasks at the appropriate age intervals. The development screenings areas include: Cognitive-Verbal, Perceptual Motor, Gross Motor, and Speech and Expressive Language. The CIP screening is designed to give recommendations for follow-up such as a vision or hearing test or a complete medical examination. Because CIP screening results in alternative recommendations, it prevents the labeling of a child; prevents the comparison of the children’s scores; and permits the consideration of overall behavior.

Screening should be done by early childhood professionals or trained paraprofessionals in a preschool or medical setting. Find out why CIP has been a trusted resource for developmental screening in early childhood education. Call us at 1.800.642.6787 to request a CIP Preview Set or to order a full CIP Kit. Available for purchase online, too.