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 Program® (AP®) and Praxis™ tests, as well as assessments customized for individual states and school districts.
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- analyzing historical documents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.
ETS also develops and administers the innovative Praxis III®: Classroom Performance Assessments, which utilize direct observation to measure the instructional skills of first-year teachers. A modified version of the Praxis III test can also be used as a training program for both student teachers and beginning teachers.
The Praxis III test is part of ETS's Praxis™ line of assessments for beginning teachers. The Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers® is a set of rigorous and carefully validated assessments that provide accurate, reliable information for use by state education agencies in making teacher-licensing decisions
Kurt Landgraf, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, ETS (2000–2013)
ETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations over the years.