Terra Nova Standardized Test Scores


    Saint Matthias School

    Terra Nova 3

    Standardized Test Scores

    April 2017


    Please Note:  The Terra Nova results contained herein are based on the Terra Nova 3 which the Diocese of Metuchen started to use in the spring of 2009.  We have included the standardized test results for the past three years, comparing our scores to the Diocese.  The five subjects included in the comparison are:  reading, math, language arts, science, and social studies. 


    *To view the results of our Terra Nova scores for 2015-2017,

    click on the link below.

    We thank the faculty, students, and parents for all their hard work and support to achieve strong results.  As a Community built on “Faith, Caring, and Excellence” we strive to live our Mission Statement:  engage each student spiritually and academically in a Christ-centered environment to prepare them to live as disciples and citizens.


    What’s the Terra Nova 3, anyway?

                The Terra Nova 3 is a national test that is “normed”, meaning that the results were compared to other students across the nation, and adjusted for geographic region, community types and socio-economic level.  Norming is done every five years. 

                Commencing in 2014, grades 3 to 8 began taking the Terra Nova 3 Common Core tests.  While very similar to prior Terra Nova 3 tests, the new battery is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  In grades 1 and 2, the tests have not changed.

                As a standardized test, it is administered at a standard time, a standard site, and with standard directions.  The one caveat to this is that all special education students with an active ISP (Individualized Student Plan) may have deviations to the standardized time/date.


    What’s the difference between the Terra Nova 3 and the old Terra Nova test?

                Unlike the old Terra Nova test, the Terra Nova 3 includes 2/3 versus 1/3 higher order thinking skills.  This provides a more accurate assessment of student knowledge because the pupil needs to apply, synthesize, and evaluate information as opposed to just memorizing facts.


    What is measure on the Terra Nova 3?

                The Terra Nova 3 tests the learning standards, concepts, and skills in all subjects in all grades, from 2 to 8.  This includes reading, language, mathematics for grades 2 to 8, and science and social studies for grades 4 to 8 only.

                In reading, students demonstrate their basic understanding, analyzing test, evaluating and extending meaning, as well as incorporating reading and writing strategies. 

                In language, assessed skills include:  writing strategies, sentence structure, and editing skills.

                In mathematics, the skills are:  number and number relations; computations and numerical estimation; operation concepts; measurement; geometry and spatial sense; data analysis, statistics, and probability; patterns, functions, and algebra; problem solving and reasoning; and communication.

                Science skills include:  science inquiry, physical science, life science, earth and space science, science and technology, and personal and social perspectives in science.

                Social studies skills are:  geographic perspectives; historical and cultural perspectives; civics and government perspectives; and economic perspectives.


    What kind of test is given to the students?

                In grades 2 and 3, students take “Complete Battery” tests.  The questions are all multiple choice in which students just need to fill in the circles, carefully.

                In grades 4 to 8, students take “Multiple Assessment” tests:  80% of the questions are multiple choice, while the remaining 20% require students to answer the questions in their own words and must show all their work.  Pupils need to provide details and examples to answer these questions fully.


    What is “InView”?

                Students only in Grades 3 and 7 will take the InView Assessment.  InView measures students’ achievement ability and is measured as a CSI (Cognitive Skills Index).

               This tests the following skills: sequencing, analogies, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning (words and context). There is a practice test that is used for the students. The average range for the CSI is 84 to 116.  This scale is based on the Stanford-Binet, the most widely used IQ scale.


    How did Saint Matthias School perform?

               Saint Matthias School is an academically high performing school, which strives to provide superior academic standards.  Our school bases its assessment of student progress on the CTB/McGraw Hill Terra Nova Test, Third Edition Standardized Test.  This instrument is aligned with the New Jersey State standards and is used throughout the Diocese of Metuchen.

               This test is administered nationally to students each spring in grades one through eight.

               The recently updated format of the Terra Nova, Third Edition provides better insight into student performance levels because it is designed to measure higher-order thinking skills.  It includes a combination of multiple choice and open-ended questions, the latter of which comprises forty percent of the test.

               In 2001, we received the national Blue Ribbon Award in 2001 by CAPE, the Council for American Private Education, based on our Terra Nova standardized test scores.  This award placed Saint Matthias School in the top ten percent of schools in the nation.  Since then, Saint Matthias School students consistently achieve scores that outperform the national average.

               In 2010, CAPE changed its overall qualifying standard from the 90th to the 85th percentile for schools using the Terra Nova, third Edition.  At most grade levels for 2016, SMS exceeds CAPE requirements.  Third grade missed the standard by four points.  That said, our third grade students have shown growth in every year, including a 38 point increase in Mathematics from 2015 to 2016.

                We thank you, the parents, for partnering with us to provide the highest quality Catholic education here at Saint Matthias School.  Attached are the 2016 Terra Nova Test scores for your perusal, along with an explanation of how to interpret the scores.


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