Drop in Cognitive Index Score (CSI) on the Terra Nova
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
I'm curious about the Terra Nova CSI scores. Do they usually remain fairly constant year to year?
My daughter's score in 3rd grade was 132. This year (5th grade) it dropped down to 121.
The InView section in the Terra Nova is specifically formulated to
measure skills and abilities directly related to academic success such
as verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning.
This helps in the planning of programmes for students, diagnose possible
learning disabilities, and screen students for placement into special
programs. The CSI (Cognitive Skills Index) is derived from this portion.
This test claims that the “CSI scores from InView provide a highly
reliable measure of overall academic aptitude which is valuable
information for guidance, activities planning, and special program
identification. Anticipated Achievement scores allow one to compare
student performance with that of similar individuals and groups. These
scores are a powerful tool. Use them to improve instruction, address
specific student strengths and needs, and provide valuable information
for parent-teacher conferences”.
Generally, scoring in the Terra Nova test requires some hard work and
preparation. Scores enable students to know their weaker subjects areas
and would then pay attention to those weak areas in order to fare better
the next time. The Terra Nova aims to examine and identify the weakness
and strength of a student and also helps parents to have a yearly report
of their children's progress. It also helps teachers understand their
students' learning curve better and eventually able to help them. The
CSI portion is more of an ability scale. I am not very sure why there is
a drop, which is quite big.
Some attention is needed here. Please speak to her teachers to determine
the reason for the drop. They would probably be able to explain the
rather large drop from Grade 3 to 5. Wishing you all the best.