Discrepancy in Scores of the Terra Nova and InView
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Our 14 year old daughter was classified as gifted based upon Terra Nova
and In View scores (all 95-99th percentile for Terra Nova and 141 for In
View). So, when our 8 year old son took these tests we thought he might
receive something similar. He did well on the Terra Nova tests (again
all 4 subject areas were between the 95th-99th percentiles). However,
his In view only came back at a 113. This was considerably lower than
his sister and what we anticipated. Is it common for kids to do well on
one type of standardized text (e.g., Terra Nova) and then not as well
comparatively on another (like the In View)? I understand that they test
different things...But, I'm wondering if we should request a "re-take"
on the In View portion? Thanks.
The Terra Nova tests compare students with others in their grades around
the nation. Hence, the scores are listed in percentiles. It also
includes a component that acts like an IQ test (the InView portion).
Therefore, this is a part of the Terra Nova test rather than a separate
indicator. This component measures the students' ability to use
information and apply it to new and different situations. It also gauges
how a student analyses and employs higher-level thinking skills
(includes verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies and quantitative
reasoning). In short, it measures cognitive abilities that relate to a
student's ability to learn and succeed in school. The tests are designed
to work together to measure student achievement.
There is a CSI (Cognitive Skills Index), which is derived from the
InView 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 powerful tools. It can be used to improve instruction,
address specific student strengths and needs, and provide valuable
information for parent-teacher conferences. In short, the InView is
Cognitive abilities test paired with TerraNova.
Bear in mind that the InView does not measure all aspects of cognitive
abilities. Since it is intended for use in schools, emphasis is placed
on reasoning abilities that are important for success in an educational
program rather than other cognitive abilities; in other words abilities
directly related to academic success. With a ceiling of 141, the cut-off
for gifted is 127 and above.
InView is a test of cognitive ability, or the student's natural ability
to work with words and with visual concepts. It gives a general “IQ”
range. Both tests together yield an anticipated score that help
educators and parent assess a particular child's progress according to
his/her ability. A mere score may not indicate true intelligence but
gives a general indication of the child's cognitive abilities based on
the tested items. I would not compare scores of an achievement and
cognitive ability test as each test emphasizes on different aspects of
The Terra Nova (achievement) scores indicate how well the child is doing
in relation to students across the country. The InView (ability) scores
indicate the potential the student has for learning certain concepts. If
his scores are lower on one, perhaps there is an area than needs some
attention. Do speak to someone at the school to find out if there is
some area of concern that is lacking attention. Good luck!