The registration site has been updated and online registration can now be completed.
There are a few updates related to Terra Nova Testing:
- Terra Nova Test Dates for 2013-2014: The correct dates for Terra Nova testing for spring 2014 are March 3-7 and March 10-14. I apologize for any confusion regarding these dates.
- Post Terra Nova Workshops: A committee of Archdiocesan principals and CTB/ McGraw Hill representatives met recently to discuss improvements to the post Terra Nova workshops hosted by CTB each May. The result of this collaboration is a redesign of the workshops. There will be two separate workshops to discuss TN results for 2013. Each workshop will be 3 hours in length. Principals will complete reports at these workshops that they will be expected to share with their school communities. Workshop participants must bring an electronic device to the meeting that will allow them to view their school’s data. All schools will be given a password to access their data.
Workshop One: There will be 5 sessions of this workshop. A detailed description of this workshop can be found at the registration site.
Workshop One Description: This session is for principals and test coordinators who want to review Terra Nova 2013 scores to assist in their understanding of student performance in schools across the Archdiocese and the performance of students in their school. At this workshop, participants will complete a data chart that is to be shared with parents ( this chart can be mailed home, posted on the website, or discussed in a general meeting). Participants will also complete a data chart that is to be shared with teachers to guide their instructional planning for school year 2013-2014. Participants are asked to bring their school reports and a laptop to this session. It is highly recommended that all principals attend this session. Test coordinators are welcome to attend as well.
- May 8th ( 1:00-4:00pm) at St. Colette
- May 9th ( 1:00-4:00pm) at St. Stanislaus Kostka
- May 14th ( 9:00am-noon) at St. Giles
- May 15th ( 9:00am-noon) at St. Norbert
- May 16th ( 9:00am-noon) at Incarnation
- Registration deadline for Workshop One: Monday, May 6th.
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Workshop Two: These workshops will focus on the use of online student performance results and the reports that can be generated from the electronic data. A short presentation on Archdiocesan TN results will also be shared at these sessions.
Workshop Two Description: This session is for principals and test coordinators who want to explore the various reports that can be generated from the online data. Schools do not have to have received their reports electronically to participate as CTB will provide all participants with an access code that allows them to view their school's data electronically. Participants are asked to bring a laptop to this session. This session complements Workshop One.
- May 14th ( 12:30-3:00pm) at St. Giles
- May 15th ( 12:30-3:00pm) at St. Norbert
- May 16th ( 12:30-3:00pm) at Incarnation
- Registration deadline for Workshop Two: Friday, May 10th.
- Lunch will be provided to workshop participants on May 14, 15, and 16th who attend both workshop sessions.
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Communication of Terra Nova results
All schools are expected to share their standardized test results with parents and faculty. Post Terra Nova Workshop 1 will provide instruction to principals and test coordinators regarding the completion of two simple reports (details below) that can be shared with parents and teachers. All schools will be expected to share these two reports with their school communities.
- Parent Report: Principals will be given a template that allows them to report the percentage of students in grades 3, 5, and 7 (or all grades that were administered the Terra Nova test) who are at or above the mean. A sample letter with a few bullet points of data analysis will also be shared with principals.
- Teacher Report: Principals will be given a template that allows them to report student performance on grade-level objectives tested by the Terra Nova assessment. This report is to be shared with faculty prior to the start of the new school year as evidence to affirm instructional practices and to support school improvement efforts.
Schools can distribute additional standardized testing results but must share the two basic reports with their school community. Reports can be distributed to parents in a variety of ways: school meetings, a mailing, or posting on the school’s website. Schools should communicate results in a manner that works best for their community. Workshop 1 will provide direction and talking points to principals about the sharing of these reports and how the reports can be used to affirm instructional practices and support school improvement efforts.
Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have about Terra Nova testing. Mary Kearney at firstname.lastname@example.org