The TerraNova is a nationally-administered standardized assessment test similar to the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) and the SAT-10 (Stanford Achievement Test, Version 10). The overall purpose of the TerraNova is to provide achievement scores that are valid for most types of educational decision-making. This gives teachers, parents, and tutors a better understanding of a student’s educational strengths and weaknesses which can then be used to help differentiate the student’s studies.
The TerraNova test includes questions in each of the 4 main subject areas: Reading / Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Science / History. Scores in each of these subject areas are then compared as a percentile with other students in the same grade around the nation. These percentile scores can be useful in judging overall performance of a student irrespective to difficulty level of the questions themselves. For example, a 90% on a very easy test may not be that good of a score and only put a student at the 50th percentile, but a 90% on a difficult test may be good enough for a 98th percentile meaning that the student scored the same or better than 98% of his or her colleagues.
Since the scores on a test like the TerraNova can be instrumental in shaping a child’s education it is very important for students to do well. That is why we have created extensive practice materials through our www.BrightEducation.com website.