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Leaders in Developing Performance Assessments

ETS test developers are industry leaders in developing performance assessments that measure what students and beginning teachers can do and what they know.

Performance assessments include such large-scale test programs as the College Board's Advanced Placement® (AP®) Program and Praxis® tests, as well as assessments customized for individual states and school districts.

Student-performance Assessments

ETS develops and administers performance exams for the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. The AP Exams measure college-level learning that high school students have acquired in AP courses and enable students to receive college credit or placement.

AP Exams require students to undertake such tasks as:

  • solving problems
  • writing computer programs
  • analyzing historical documents
  • writing demanding and complex essays

Depending on the subject, AP Exams may require students to produce recorded spoken responses in another language or submit portfolios of original art.

Beginning-teacher Assessments

With more than 20 years of experience in developing, delivering and scoring portfolio-based performance assessments, ETS has recently launched the PPAT® assessment, which was designed to be integrated into the student teaching experience, allowing candidates to improve their teaching skills. ETS has also developed performance assessments for Teacher Leaders and School Leaders.

ETS continues to lead and shape the landscape for educator assessments, through innovation and thought leadership, with the development of the ETS® National Observational Teaching Exam (ETS NOTE) assessment series, an on-the-spot performance assessment suite that evolves licensure from knowledge-based tests to assessment of teaching performance and skill, using virtual classrooms and students.

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NAEP and ETSETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations over the years.

ETS has been certified by National Quality Assurance (NQA) for its Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). The BCMS safeguards ETS's critical operations and systems as well as the integrity of information entrusted to the organization.