St. Dorothy School utilizes standardized testing to measure both the academic achievement and academic ability of our students. Students in grades 3-8 will be tested in March.
Testing is administered over a week-long period and is comprised of TerraNova and InView tests. Both tests are published by McGraw-Hill and are part of a comprehensive academic performance measurement program instituted by the Archdioceses of Philadelphia.
InView & Terra Nova Testing
InView is a cognitive test that measures skills and abilities important for academic success while Terra Nova measures students’ academic achievement. For more information, please visit the McGraw-Hill website at: www.ctb.com, select the "Our Products" tab, then the "K-12 Products" link, then the "InView" link.
TerraNova's are a series of standardized achievement tests designed to assess K-12 student achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, spelling, and other areas. For more information, please visit the McGraw-Hill website at: www.ctb.com, select the "Our Products" tab, then the "K-12 Products" link, then the "TerraNova, The Second Edition" link.
InView results help us to plan effective educational programs for our entire student body, for classes as a group and for individual students as well. Individual students can be identified to receive more challenging course work or can be identified for further diagnosis to determine special needs.
When used in combination with TerraNova's, InView provides anticipated TerraNova scores on a subject by subject basis. This is extremely valuable for us to measure the quality of our academic programs and to identify areas for improvement both to our programs as a whole and for individual student cases.
Parent/Teacher Conference Reporting
The combination of TerraNova and InView test results provide detailed information to teachers and parents for evaluating the performance of every student. Detailed reports are available for parent/teacher conferences showing academic ability and anticipated scores vs. actual scores. This is a powerful tool for improving instruction and addressing specific strengths and needs.