ACSI selects standardized tests

CTB/McGraw-Hill today announced that it is collaborating with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to provide standardized tests for nearly 5,300 schools worldwide. Beginning with the spring 2012 testing season, ACSI will implement CTB’s TerraNova, Third Edition and a customized online reporting solution that provides immediate test results and easy access to achievement data to drive instruction.

“CTB/McGraw-Hill has extensive experience in providing highly accurate and dependable results that translate into valuable, informed decision making in the classroom,” said Derek Keenan, EdD, vice president of academic affairs for ACSI. “We’re confident that TerraNova, Third Edition will enable our teachers to provide targeted instruction and help raise student achievement levels.”

“We are proud and honored to have been chosen by ACSI to serve as their test publisher,” said Ellen Haley, president of CTB/McGraw-Hill. “We look forward to providing ACSI schools with excellent customer service, an excellent assessment, and outstanding professional development tools to help teachers help their students successfully navigate the learning journey.”

CTB met the rigorous criteria presented to all vendors undergoing ACSI’s selection process, including:

* technically sound tests that minimize bias and maximize accuracy;
* design, innovation, technical excellence, and content that reflect today’s curricula;
* current norms derived from national resources that mirror ACSI’s students;
* online reporting and analysis with easy access to achievement data;
* inclusion of the ACSI Bible knowledge, comprehension, and application subtest; and
* robust professional development that includes information about test administration, managing test materials, understanding reports, analyzing data, and connecting test results to inform decisions about school improvement and curriculum/instruction as well as research-based best practices.