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This engaging online version of the popular TerraNova assessment series helps teachers identify student needs, measure progress, and determine readiness for state NCLB assessments in reading, language, and mathematics for Grades 3–10.

Subject Areas and Grades

  • Reading (Grades 3–10)
  • Math (Grades 3–10)
  • Language (Grades 3–10)

Assessment Type

  • Standardized Norm-Referenced Achievement Test

Delivery Format

  • Online

Scoring Method

  • Online Scoring
 
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TerraNova Online® is an online version of the survey component of the popular TerraNova assessment series. TerraNova Online generates norm-referenced achievement scores, criterion-referenced objective mastery scores, and performance-level information.

When CTB introduced TerraNova Online, it was the first truly research-based norm-referenced assessment available online—and TerraNova Online is still an industry leader today.

Features:

  • Online administration and immediate results
  • Both norm-referenced and objective information
  • Benchmark information on items and objectives/standards

A model for meeting student achievement standards:

Content AreaObjectiveLevel
ReadingBasic Understanding12-21/22
Analyze Text12-21/22
Evaluate and Extend Meaning12-21/22
Reading and Writing Strategies12-21/22
Introduction to Print12
LanguageSentence Structure13-21/22
Writing Strategies13-21/22
Editing Skills13-21/22
MathematicsNumber and Number Relations12-21/22
Computation and Numerical Estimation12-21/22
Operation Concepts12-21/22
Measurement12-21/22
Goemetry and Spatial Sense12-21/22
Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability12-21/22
Patterns, Functions, Algebra12-21/22
Problem Solving and Reasoning12-21/22

National Standards

TerraNova Online measures a common framework of national standards. Your CTB Evaluation Consultant can provide more information on the standards framework.

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

State Standards

TerraNova Online provides:

  • Diagnostic data on students'progress toward specific state standards
  • Predictive scores indicating how a student will likely perform on state No Child Left Behind (NCLB) exams
  • Assessments that mirror the look and feel of your state exam.

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

Below are the system requirements for TerraNova Online on the Windows®/PC and Macintosh® platforms.

Windows/PC

 
Hardware/SoftwareHardware and Memory
  • Recommended: 1.3 GHz processor (Intel®)
    Minimum:1 GHz processor (Intel)
  • 512 MB of memory
  • 200 MB disk space available
Display Monitor
  • Set to minimum of 800 x 600 pixels
  • Minimum color display: 256 colors (8-bit)
Operating System
  • Windows® 2000 (SP4) or XP (SP1 or SP2)
Additional Software
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 9
  • Java Runtime Environment JRE 5.0 NOTE: for Windows, Update 14 has been certified)
  • Adobe Reader® 7.0 or greater
Web Browser
  • MS Internet Explorer® 6.0 or 7.0 or Firefox® 2.0
Internet Access
  • High-speed Internet connection (see below)
Peripherals
  • Keyboard (should not have shortcut hot keys enabled)
  • Mouse is required for manipulatives
Network ConnectivityBandwidth
  • Minimum 1.5 MBPS upload and download—T1, high-speed cable or high-speed DSL
Firewalls
  • Port 80 and 443 must be open
Proxy Servers
  • Dynamic pages are not to be cached
  • Allow both HTTP and HTTPS traffic for *.CTB.com
  • IP address 198.45.22.7 and 198.45.22.8 prioritized and excluded from filters
  • Users must have credentials if proxy authentication is enabled
Web Browser
  • Configured to be SSL capable (SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0)
Security and OthersInstant Messaging
  • Instant messaging and e-mail notification disabled
Screen Savers
  • Screen savers and power savers disabled
Anti-Virus Autoscan
  • Anti-virus auto-scan and/or auto-update set to run when testing will not be taking place
System Restore
  • System restore utilities, e.g. Deep Freeze™, disabled during setup and testing, so that new data remains in place after system reboot
Remote Desktop
  • Remote desktop access disabled
Web Content Filtering
  • Exclude *.CTB.com and/or IP address 198.45.22.7 and 198.45.22.8 from Web filtering
Others
  • Other automatic software that needs to be disabled

Macintosh

 
Hardware/SoftwareHardware and Memory
  • Minimum 1.8 GHz processor (Intel®) NOTE: 64-bit processors are not supported
  • 512 MB of memory
  • 200 MB disk space available
Display Monitor
  • Set to minimum of 800 x 600 pixels
  • Minimum color display: 256 colors (8-bit)
Operating System
  • OS 10.4.8 Intel
Additional Software
  • Adobe Flash Player 9
  • Java Runtime Environment JRE 5.0 NOTE: for Mac, Update 7 has been certified
  • Adobe Reader 7.0 or greater
Web Browser
  • Safari™ 2.0 or Firefox 2.0
Internet Access
  • High-speed Internet connection (see below)
Peripherals
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse is required for manipulatives
Network ConnectivityBandwidth
  • Minimum 1.5 MBPS upload and download—T1, high-speed cable or high-speed DSL
Firewalls
  • Port 80 and 443 must be open
Proxy Servers
  • Dynamic pages are not to be cached
  • Allow both HTTP and HTTPS traffic for *.CTB.com
  • IP address 198.45.22.7 and 198.45.22.8 prioritized and excluded from filters
  • Users must have credentials if proxy authentication is enabled
Web Browser
  • Configured to be SSL capable (SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0)
Security and OthersInstant Messaging
  • Instant messaging and e-mail notification disabled
Screen Savers
  • Screen savers and power savers disabled
Anti-Virus Autoscan
  • Anti-virus auto-scan and/or auto-update set to run when testing will not be taking place
System Restore
  • System restore utilities, e.g. Deep Freeze, disabled during setup and testing, so that new data remains in place after system reboot
Remote Desktop
  • Remote desktop access disabled
Web Content Filtering
  • Exclude *.CTB.com and/or IP address 198.45.22.7 and 198.45.22.8 from Web filtering
Others
  • Other automatic software that needs to be disabled

 

TerraNova Online Resources

Featured Article

Paper presented at the 2005 annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Computer Based or Online Administration of Paper and Pencil Tests

A description of what is necessary for test scores to be considered interchangeable between paper-and-pencil and computer-based or online modes of test administration.

A Comparison of the Guessing Parameter Estimation for a Multidimensional Item Response Theory Model

As the first step to develop an algorithm for Multidimensional Item Response Theory (MIRT) model analysis with guessing, this study investigated four unidimensional methods and a two-dimensional MCMC method for estimating the guessing parameter in the MIRT model.

A Comparison of Calibration Methods and Proficiency Estimators for Creating IRT Vertical Scales

The best method for creating IRT vertical scales is an open, researchable question. This study uses test data to investigate various combinations of calibration methods and proficiency estimators, and the effect of these methods on the resulting vertical scales.

IRT Estimated Reliability for Tests Containing Mixed Item Formats

Various reliability coefficients of internal consistency have been proposed that make different assumptions regarding the degree of test-part parallelism, with implications for mixed-format tests. This study compares the IRT model-derived coefficients and observed values for mixed-format tests.

 

Featured Article

This paper describes different Item Response Theory (IRT) models for both multiple- choice items and constructed-response items. 

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