COMMON CORE Testlets

Support Assessment for Learning

Our content experts designed Testlets to help teachers quickly gauge students' understanding of key concepts and skills that have a major emphasis in the Common Core standards. Testlets support formative assessment practices and provide a snapshot of student performance within clusters and domains. Educators may administer Testlets frequently—without having to create an assessment from scratch—to quickly analyze results and better direct both individual and small-group instruction.

  • Reading Testlets are passage-based—either literary or informational—and ask students to compare and contrast two passages. Each form covers the three reading anchor standards: key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas.
  • Math Testlets each cover one cluster of standards; each cluster has major emphasis in the Common Core standards. Math Testlets include three selected-response and three short-answer items, and one constructed-response item.

Why use Testlets?

Testlets were uniquely developed "from the ground up" to support Common Core transition. Get a snapshot of how students are progressing on particular sets of standards and gain valuable insight into how to focus instruction.

Using Testlets, you can:

  • Quickly assess a target group of standards in grades 3 through 8 and high school.
  • Address a range of cognitive complexity in a short form; Testlet items are coded by Depth of Knowledge.
  • Deliver assessments in paper-and-pencil format or online.
  • Use class time efficiently; each Testlets can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes.

 

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