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Highest Grade in the Terra Nova Report

By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D


Q: What is the highest grade on the Terra Nova Report?

A: Briefly, the Terra Nova tests are achievement tests administered to students from kindergarten to 12th grade to measure their capabilities in reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. The test is broken down into the different core subjects. The tests compare each student's scores to other students around the country to indicate where a student stands on a national grade level.

There would be many subject areas so you would need to read all the scores for each subject area. Each area will be reported as a percentile number (e.g., for reading, math, etc.). The scores are then compared to the national percentile score (NP), on a scale between 1 and 100. E.g., if the student scored 80th percentile for a certain subject, it means s/he scored higher than 80 percent of students nationally in her/his age and grade level group. 100 percent would be the highest score here.

There is also another score range, which is the national stanines (NS) provided with the Terra Nova test results. The stanines break down the percentiles into nine smaller groups, so that you can rank your child's score on a scale of one to nine, with one being the lowest and nine being the highest. So, the highest grade in the Terra Nova report would be a NP score of 100%, which would be in the ninth stanine (NS 9).

Hope that helps!


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