Terra Nova CSI Score
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My 9 year old third grade son recently took the Terra Nova tests as part
of the school's annual assessment. He scored 99% in Total score and 99%
on all but two areas (which were 96% and 92%).
The test gave a CSI score (an intelligence Index) and it states the norm
is 100 and most score between 84-116. The SD is 16. He scored a 141 in a
given range of (124-141) based on age and ability.
How do I interpret this score in relation to other IQ test results used
in identifying giftedness? Does this score relate to actual IQ?
He is currently in a parochial school and I am trying to get him tested
for giftedness. Any insight on this is appreciated. Thanks.
The InView section 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
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. With a ceiling of 141,
the cut-off for gifted is 127 and above. The range given places your son
in the above average category.
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 IQ scores of two different tests for cognitive
abilities as each test may emphasise on different aspects of aptitude.
You may want to speak to the school about his abilities especially with
regards to placing him in a gifted programme. They would be able to
advise you based on his detailed score on this test.
good site to have a look at for a better understanding. Good luck..