Custom Assessments and Programs

K–12 teachers and administrators need assessment programs that provide them with a comprehensive, accurate measure of student learning.

ETS provides assessments for use in high-stakes environments for all ages and diverse audiences. We understand the unique requirements of large-scale assessment programs and how they differ from other types of assessments.

Our current program list includes large-scale and custom assessments:

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) Program 

More than 1.6 million students in grades 10–12 participate in this program each year in which skills in English-language Arts and Mathematics are assessed by examinations developed and administered by ETS.

California State University (CSU) Programs 

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is designed to help high school juniors and seniors in California improve weak areas and polish strong ones by the time they begin taking classes at CSU. As freshman students enter the California university system, they are placed into classes using assessments in English and Mathematics developed and researched by ETS staff and known as the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Tests.

Maryland High School Assessments

ETS works with the state of Maryland to develop, administer, score and evaluate High School tests in English, Government, Biology and Algebra/Data Analysis.

Southern Regional Education Board High Schools that Work Assessment

ETS creates, distributes and scores assessments in math, science and reading for a large data-driven high school reform program (High Schools that Work) run by the Southern Regional Education Board.

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) 

The Texas Education Agency established the STAAR program in 2012, replacing their Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). ETS has been supporting the Texas programs since 2005, focusing on item development across grade levels and content areas.

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

ETS provides development for the Tennessee summative assessments in grades 3–8 in English-language Arts, Mathematics and Science. The assessments are designed to support NCLB accountability and more than 450,000 students participate in this program each spring.

Tennessee End-of-Course Testing Program

ETS develops High School End of Course examinations for English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, and Chemistry. The End of Course exam grade counts towards 25 percent of the semester grade. Students are not required to pass any one examination but must achieve a passing score for the course in accordance with the State Board of Education’s uniform grading policy.

U.S. Department of Education: Florida and the Islands Comprehensive Center

Through this federally-funded technical assistance center, ETS helps build the capacity of State Departments of Education to implement No Child Left Behind legislation. Our service area is Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing Program 

Approximately 3 million tests across 29 different subjects are administered annually as part of the Virginia SOL program. ETS provides content and test development services.

Wyoming Statewide Assessments

ETS contracts with the Wyoming Department of Education for the development, administration, scoring and reporting of their two primary State-based tests, for grades 3–8: the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS), and the Statewide Assessment of Student Writing (SAWS).

 

Technology-enhanced Assessments

Technology-enhanced AssessmentsETS works closely with states and the consortia to bring technological innovations to K–12 assessment.

NAEP and ETS

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

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