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The DoDEA Assessment Program: System Assessments Used in DoDEA

TerraNova, Multiple Assessments, 3rd Edition

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The TerraNova, Third Edition, Multiple Assessments (TerraNova 3) is a standardized norm-referenced achievement test that is administered to DoDEA students in grades 3-11. It contains a battery of multiple-choice and constructed-response questions that are specifically detailed to assess specific skills in each core subject area (Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies). The assessment compares an individual student's scores to scores from a "norms group" and provides educators a comprehensive tool to measure and monitor student progress relative to local, state and national standards.

For additional information concerning the TerraNova and other assessments, visit DRC|CTB

TerraNova CAT Plus Mathematics Computation

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The TerraNova CAT Plus Mathematics Computation Test is a standardized norm-referenced achievement test that is administered to DoDEA ELL students, Levels 1 and 2. The assessment compares an individual student's scores to scores from a "norms group" and provides educators a tool for assessing a student's ability to perform computations.

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NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been providing valuable information about the academic performance of elementary and secondary students in America since 1969. NAEP results are not only comparable across the nation and the states, but they also measure progress over time to capture the most accurate and representative picture of student performance. Without these NAEP reports (commonly called "The Nation's Report Card"), produced through the voluntary participation of those selected for the assessment, we would lack the common yardstick needed to measure student performance objectively. Schools and students are chosen through a sampling process that is designed to reflect accurately our nation's twelve million fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students.

For more information concerning the NAEP or the Nation's Report Card, visit NCES

Advanced Placement (AP®) Exams


AP Exams are usually administered the first two weeks of May. College Board prepares the schedule for content area tested, dates, and times for administering the assessment. Over 30 exams taken each May by students all over the world, the AP Exam is the final step after a year of hard work in an AP class. These exams are designed to measure how well a student has mastered the content and skills of the course.

For additional information concerning the AP Exams, visit CollegeBoard

Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP™)


STAMP is administered in late spring to students in Foreign Language Levels II and IV (Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Spanish). Avant's STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) assessments determine proficiency in multiple languages and domains for elementary school through college students. STAMP assessments are web-based and computer-adaptive, with real-world questions that engage foreign language students and help them understand their own proficiency levels. Facilitated by a proctor, STAMP assessments have been validated by field-testing and expert panels.

For more information concerning the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP), visit website

Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS)


The BAS is a formative reading assessment comprised of 58 high quality, original titles, or "little books" divided evenly between fiction and nonfiction. The assessment measures decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The set of books, recording forms, and other materials serve as an assessment tool for teachers, literacy specialists, and clinicians to use in determining students' developmental reading levels for the purpose of informing instruction and documenting reading progress. BAS is administered the first 6 weeks of school for 1st through 3rd grades, Kindergarten NLT January 31, and the last 6 weeks of school for grades Kindergarten through 3rd.

For more information concerning BAS, visit the Heinemann website

English Language Learners, Language Assessment Systems Links (LAS Links)


LAS Links is used to accurately assess the academic and social language skills of English Language Learners. The assessments provide detailed information on students reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. LAS Links K-12 Assessment is part of a comprehensive model for helping language learners at every stage of the learning process. It helps in determining the English language proficiency of ELLs for placement in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and to determine the amount of academic and linguistic support needed. LAS Links, Form A is used as the initial screener for entering students (administered the first 6 weeks of school). LAS Links Form B (administered the 3rd Quarter/Marking Period) is used for annual English language progress monitoring.

For more information concerning the LAS Links Assessment, visit the DRC|CTB website.

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying TestTM (PSAT/NMSQT)


PSAT/NMSQT is administered in October to students in grades 10th and 11th. The Preliminary SAT is the second assessment in this The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success - including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is administered for the College Board and NMSC by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The PSAT/NMSQT is the route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Requirements for participation, steps in the competition, and awards offered are explained in the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT and on NMSC's website.

For more information concerning the PSAT/NMSQT, visit CollegeBoard.
PSAT 8-9

The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help students and their teachers figure out what the students need to work on most so that they're ready for college when they graduate from high school. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 - in a way that makes sense for the students' grade level.

For more information concerning the PSAT 8/9, visit CollegeBoard.