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ACSI opts to use the TerraNova exams

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 17:13 PM

CTB/McGraw-Hill, which creates the TerraNova standardized exams, announced that the tests will be distributed throughout the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), which account for 5,300 academic institutions around the world.

The ACSI will begin administering the tests during their spring 2012 curriculum, using the TerraNova Third Edition in order to provide immediate results to determine how students are faring in terms of academic understanding.

The school system chose to use the TerraNova exams because the CTB/McGraw-Hill companies are known for their high education standards, which would be noted in the test.

"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, 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."

The TerraNova exams are used from pre-K to 12th grade, and from fifth grade on feature short answer questions. However, the majority of the exams are multiple choice and typically take a few hours to complete.