Ascensus Assessment System

Supporting holistic, multimetric accountability systems with computer-adaptive and online fixed-form testing.
Ascensus Assessment System
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Need to demonstrate grade-level proficiency?

Specific standards, in a specific grad level, at a specific timeNew accountability models should include identifying specific progress through grade‑level standards. An effective assessment strategy also includes tests that measure proficiency at a specific point in time for each grade level, such as the end of each unit or learning module or at the end of a term.

These types of assessments are ideally suited to fixed-form tests. Instead of trying to measure a student’s overall learning and growth, these assessments track and analyze performance on specific skills and objectives at a specific level of expectation.

Ascensus Target supports fixed-form, highly targeted tests, delivering common content administered via a variety of methods: mobile, online, or on paper. Use Ascensus Target to deliver interim district-wide assessments, practice exams for high-stakes standardized tests, CTE certification programs, and much more.

Ascensus Target provides a robust set of reports designed to draw a straight line between your specified educational standards and your students’ academic progress. Additional instructional resources deliver targeted practice tests and study guides to help create individualized learning for every student.

YOUR STUDENTS, YOUR CONTENT

Scantron's content-neutral format enables you to incorporate content from a wide variety of sources, including using our standards-based item banks, importing items from textbook developers, creating your own custom items, and much more.

NEED IDEAS?  WE CAN HELP.

In addition, as a consistent leader in academic assessments and one of the first to provide Common Core State Standards-based items, Scantron provides a variety of pre-developed items and assessment banks so you can develop tests quickly and easily. Some options include:

Contact your Scantron representative for more information on all of our item banks and content options.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

Web-Based, Modern Approach
  • 24-hour access to data from any computer with Internet access
  • Include both traditional and technology-enhanced item types
  • Secure student testing options
  • Lockable item banks and tests for sensitive or high-stakes content
Content-Neutral Use any content or item you like, because that’s how it should be.
  • Scantron® item banks or item banks from Scantron’s partners
  • Common Core State Standards or College & Career Readiness test and item banks
  • Existing district benchmark or classroom tests
  • Question banks and tests from ExamView® Test Generator by Turning Technologies®
Aligned with Standards
  • Scantron's item banks are already aligned, to make things easy
    • Core Subject Alignment: State, Common Core, College & Career Readiness, Next Generation Science Standards
    • CTE Subject Alignment: Key certification standards and requirements (varies by certification)
  • Identify strengths & weaknesses in preparation for interim formative measurement of student skills, as well as for state testing
  • Provide detailed, standards-specific reporting for interim test results
Multiple Delivery Methods
  • Online or paper test administration – using the same test
  • Inexpensive off-the-shelf imaging scanners and plain paper forms
  • Mix-and-match delivery methods to support the full spectrum of technology readiness
Collaborative Environment
  • Team up within your district or school to create and review item banks and tests
  • Share item banks with other Ascensus districts or schools
  • Work in the same item bank creating new items from different computers
Immediate Results
  • View reports as soon as test is submitted online or form is scanned
  • Aggregate and disaggregate data by selected criteria
  • Access standards-based reports for an individual student, class, school, district and more for state and federal reporting
Instructional Resources
  • Link to more than 300,000 educator-evaluated resources organized by each state's standards and readability through netTrekker Search
  • Link from results to Skills Connection Online™ study guides for particular standards for follow-up instruction
  • Use Skills Connection Online™ to create additional paper-based practice tests

How It Works

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STEP 1: PURCHASE ITEM BANKS OR BUILD YOUR OWN

Ascensus Target allows districts to develop an unlimited number of item banks for test generation by:

  • Creating custom-tailored true/false, multiple choice, multiple response, short response, gridded response, and extended response items
  • Using Achievement Series to automatically select items for you based on particular educational standards
  • Collaborating on item development by sharing items with other districts
  • Using high-quality commercial item banks already aligned to educational standards
  • Publishing question banks from ExamView® Test Generator
  • Tracking cumulative statistics and storing items in one centralized location

STEP 2: DEVELOP TESTS

Create shared and reusable tests by:

  • Using content from professional or self-created item banks
  • Basing a test on a simple answer key using already-printed test booklets
  • Publishing tests from ExamView® Test Generator

STEP 3: ADMINISTER TESTS

Mix and match paper-based and online delivery methods to meet the needs of individual district schools and classrooms by:

  • Delivering tests online  from an internet enabled device – PC, Mac, iPad, Kindle, Chromebook, (Android …is coming soon),
  • Using a cost-effective solution such as off-the-shelf imaging scanners and printing customized forms on regular plain paper
  • Using Scantron® durable Optical Mark Reader scanners and traditional standard forms to mirror high-stakes tests

STEP 4: VIEW REPORTS

Access real-time results to better inform instruction for immediate student impact by:

  • Viewing online reports right after an online test is taken or forms are scanned
  • Accessing standards-based reports for an individual student, class, school, district and more
  • Analyzing data by subgroups and demographics
  • Identifying specific student needs and strengths to adjust learning
  • Linking to standards-based resources for targeted follow-up instruction using Skills Connection Online™ and netTrekker®
  • Connecting to a variety of instructional resources provided by our alliances