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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.
Books by E. Paul Torrance and Torrance Scholars
- Learning and Using Primes, Fractions, and Decimals Creatively
- Learning to Use Place Value Creatively
- Learning to Solve Mathematics Word Problems Creatively
- The Future of Creativity
- Gifted and Talented Children in the Regular Classroom
- E. Paul Torrance, “The Creativity Man” an authorized biography
- Everyday Creativity
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.
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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.
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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.
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.