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Subject Areas and Grades

  • Reading (Grades 1–12)
  • Math (Grades 1–12)
  • Language (Grades 3–12)
  • Science (Grades 1–12)
  • Social Studies (Grades 1–12)

Assessment Type

  • Standardized Norm-Referenced Achievement Test (2011 Norms)

Delivery Formats

  • Paper and pencil

Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring
  • Machine scoring

Test Item Types

  • Constructed-Response
  • Selected-Response
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TerraNova, Third Edition Multiple Assessments measures important higher-order thinking skills as well as basic and applied skills. These assessments generate norm-referenced achievement scores, criterion-referenced objective mastery scores, and performance-level information.


  • Includes reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies tests
  • The only standardized achievement test to combine selected-response items with constructed-response items that ask students to produce their own responses

Multiple Assessments supports student achievement at every stage of the instruction/assessment cycle, as illustrated in the assessment model below.

A model for meeting student achievement standards:

Content AreaObjectiveLevel
ReadingOral Comprehension11
Basic Understanding11-21/22
Analyze Text11-21/22
Evaluate and Extend Meaning11-21/22
Reading and Writing Strategies11-21/22
Introduction to Print11-12
LanguageSentence Structure13-21/22
Writing Strategies13-21/22
Editing Skills13-21/22
MathematicsNumber and Number Relations11-21/22
Computation and Numerical Estimation11-21/22
Operation Concepts11-21/22
Goemetry and Spatial Sense11-21/22
Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability11-21/22
Patterns, Functions, Algebra11-21/22
Problem Solving and Reasoning11-21/22
ScienceScience Inquiry11-21/22
Physical Science11-21/22
Life Science11-21/22
Earth and Space Science11-21/22
Science and Technology11-21/22
Personal and Social Perspectives in Science13-21/22
History and Nature of Science19-21/22
Social StudiesGeographic Perspectives11-21/22
Historical and Cultural Perspectives11-21/22
Civics & Government Perspectives11-21/22
Economic Perspectives11-21/22

*Items measuring this objective appear only in the constructed-response section.





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National Standards

TerraNova, Third Edition Multiple Assessments measures a common framework of national standards. Your Assessment Consultant can provide more information on the standards framework.

Additionally, the following tables provide examples illustrating how TerraNova, Third Edition Multiple Assessments aligns with the framework of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), in particular:

State Standards

Multiple Assessments provides:

  • Diagnostic data on students'progress toward specific state standards
  • Predictive scores indicating how a student will likely perform on state assessments
  • Assessments that mirror the look and feel of your state exam.

Here's a sample report that predicts future student performance on state tests:

Schools and districts can purchase the following DRC|CTB products to help fine-tune instruction following administration of TerraNova, Third Edition Multiple Assessments:

  • Premier Reports include instructional activities based on individual student needs, and school/district summaries that help educators develop instructional strategies
  • Classroom Connections™, a companion to TerraNova, Third Edition, includes practice materials and teaching strategies for helping students work on particular standards and skills

TerraNova, Third Edition Multiple Assessments is the only standardized achievement test to feature both selected-response (or "multiple choice") items and constructed-response items, in which students fill in their own responses. Selected- and constructed-response items are timed separately but measured (or "scaled") together.

TerraNova, Third Edition Multiple Assessments Resources
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