ACSI Student Assessment Program Summer and Back to School Testing Options

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Iowa Assessments Summer and Back to School Testing

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TerraNova 3 Summer and Back to School Testing

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Especially after the events of this spring, and in order to determine student outcomes and develop a plan for instructional change, administering a summative assessment will give students an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned, and can do. One way to ensure an unbiased, assessment of grade-level content is to administer a summative assessment, like TerraNova 3 or the Iowa Assessments, that will provide baseline data that can be easily analyzed using criterion-referenced scores.

Schools can use the Spring 2020 test window from now through September, and students will take the test at the grade level they were in the spring to obtain baseline data, then analyze, and act on the criterion-referenced scores mentioned, to set goals, and track improvement!



Special Letter to Administrators from ACSI





Program Implementation Ideas

•  Implementation Guidelines for Iowa Assessments and CogAT

•  Implementation Guidelines for TerraNova 3



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Administration Options to Consider

•  Iowa Assessments and CogAT Suggested Schedules

•  TerraNova 3 and InView Suggested Schedules



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Training Support

ACSI’s Student Assessment Program is here to support you with training to help you use the criterion-referenced data. We have various models to support all schools and methods of instruction with your program’s available scores. This service is provided in a scheduled and/or customized format for schools as an in-service at a time convenient for you. Custom webinar trainings can be scheduled for 1—3 hours based on the school’s needs.

•  Connecting Data to Instruction - Criterion-referenced Scores

Criterion scores are standards-based scores and are very diagnostic. It is not a norm-referenced score like the National Percentile. Using criterion-referenced scores, a teacher can be strategic in addressing critical needs, challenges, and reinforcing strengths, connecting data to instruction.

Objectives, domains, and skills are easily identified by teachers and can be found in pacing guides, ancillary materials, and textbooks. They provide a clear and simple connection to see what has been mastered and what needs to be improved. This process is successful in working with individuals and groups. So, it can assist individual teachers, as well as become a schoolwide focus.

Click here to set-up a free consultation to plan a customized training.


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Communication Tools


Sample Parent Letters

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•  Sample Parent Letter – Iowa Assessments
•  Sample Parent Letter – TerraNova 3

School Customizable Letterhead

•  Sample Parent Letter – Iowa Assessment
•  Sample Parent Letter – TerraNova 3


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ACSI Town Hall

Mission Possible: Assessing COVID Academic Slide for Student Success

Recorded on May 13, 2020 | Watch Webinar

Mission Possible:  Assessing COVID Academic Slide for Student Success Webinar

Webinar Handouts:
• David Smitherman Handout
• Karrie Edwards Handout
• Lisa Chubbic Handout
• Lisa Gerdes Handout
• Michael DeSarro Handout
• Renita Hall Handout



ACSI Town Hall

Keeping Your Promise: Solutions for Summative Assessments

Recorded on March 27, 2020 | Watch Webinar

Keeping Your Promises:  Solutions for Summative Assessments Webinar




Assessment for Online Instruction

Presented by Dr. Erin Wilcox
ACSI Assistant Vice President, Academic Services
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Assessment for Onine Instruction Webinar



If you are in need of additional assistance, contact the ACSI Care Team or call 800.367.0798.
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