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.

A Parent’s Guide to HSPT

At Scholastic Testing Service, we realize that testing is an issue of great concern to most parents. From September to March every year, we receive inquiries from parents of students who are about to, or have already taken the High School Placement Test (HSPT®). Generally, the issues of greatest concern are test preparation and scoring. The following links provide additional information on those topics.

Questions relating to:
HSPT® Prep
HSPT® Score Distribution

You can also ask a question in the form of a comment here, and we will get back to you.

Deadline Extended – 2014 International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards

From the Center for Gifted:

Hi!  We have been working on the International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards this spring and summer.  The deadline for submission has been extended to September 20, 2014 in the three areas of Visual Arts, Musical Composition, and Inventions.  May I ask for your assistance in reaching out to children and young people, ages 8-18, We treasure sharing our Torrance activity with many.  Response to the Creative Writing component has been effective, but we should also like to include the other three dimensions as well.

Please see the website of the Center for Gifted at www.centerforgifted.org.  There you will find the applications, the parent consent forms, and the overall flyer that will be helpful to you as you reach out to share the three programs with your students.

 A very good day to you!

 

 

 

Are you seeking a new readiness test?

Schools may find that STS' Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT) and School Readiness Test (SRT) are good substitutes for the Metropolitan Readiness Test.

Schools may find that STS’ Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT) and School Readiness Test (SRT) are good substitutes for the Metropolitan Achievement and Readiness Test.

With the retirement of the Metropolitan Achievement and Readiness Tests, we have received numerous calls from educators searching for replacement assessments. We are excited to advise each caller (and often hear a sign of relief in return), that Scholastic Testing Service (STS) offers three assessment tools that will effortlessly replace existing testing programs, provide efficient and reliable score reporting, and integrate seamlessly with current administration procedures and testing windows.

  • The Educational Development Series (EDSeries) is a standardized test battery that provides the most comprehensive coverage of all STS instruments. Featuring a total of nine skill areas, the EDSeries provides fast and useful score reporting, local and national norms, normal curve equivalents and a cognitive skills quotient.
  • The newly revised Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT) and School Readiness Test (SRT) are effective tools for determining a student’s readiness for beginning kindergarten and first grade respectively.  Both KRT and SRT levels of readiness are related to national percentiles and stanines, allowing educators to learn as much as possible about individual student ability as well as group performance.

For more information, educational professionals can request preview copies (below) of KRT, SRT and EDSeries.

STS Common Core Information

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS) established a single set of clear and concise educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. The standards were spearheaded by the states to ensure that high school graduates nationwide are prepared for college coursework or for entering the workforce. The Common Core State Standards help to benefit teachers, parents, and students when there is a common understanding of the knowledge and skills high school graduates are expected to attain.

For the last several years, STS has been working to align our products with the new standards initiative. Our new Educational Development Series (EDSERIES) Forms J/K and the 2014 edition of the School Readiness Test (SRT) have been developed with the CCSS standards in mind to insure maximum coverage. STS’ online Learning Standards Assessment (LSA) offers an item-by-item alignment to the new standards. Each annual edition of our High School Placement Test Technical Report/Supplement will offer customers detailed information about CCSS coverage in the HSPT®. The bestselling Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT) is currently being updated to fit the CCSS expectations for kindergarten students.

As we all adjust to the impact of these changes in education, our dedicated customer service staff at Scholastic Testing Service is happy to help you with any questions that may arise regarding STS products and the Common Core State Standards.

Critical Thinking and Creativity – STS’ Measure of Questioning Skills (MQS)

mqs_criticalFor educators seeking to encourage critical thinking as well as creativity in students, consider STS’ Measure of Questioning Skills (MQS). The easy-to-use assessment uses illustrations as prompts to elicit questions from students. Educators are also given research-based strategies in the guidebook to help incorporate questioning skills into the classroom curriculum. Users of STS’ Torrance® Tests of Creative Thinking may want to consider adding the MQS to their assessment regimen to expand student exposure to word-based creative thinking. Adopters of the Common Core State Standards may also find the MQS a useful tool for teaching students how to use questions to delve more deeply into every subject. Order online, or contact us for more information on the MQS, by email sts@ststesting.com or call 1-800-642-6787.