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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.

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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.

Scholastic Reading InventoryTM (SRI)

SRI is administered the first 6 weeks and last 6 weeks of the school year for students in grades 6 and 9. The SRI is a research-based, computer-adaptive reading assessment program for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade that measures reading comprehension on the Lexile Framework® for Reading.

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.

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.

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.


ReadiStep is administered in October to AVID students in grades 8th and 9th. The College and Career Readiness Pathway is a series of integrated assessments that measure a student’s college and career readiness from the eighth through twelfth grades. ReadiStep is the first in this series of integrated assessments. ReadiStep is an assessment for eighth to ninth grades, providing early feedback to help students identify the skills they need to be college and career ready.

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 series of integrated assessments and it is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.