Criterion-Referenced Tests (CRT)
The purpose of the Science Core Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) is to measure student understanding of the science Core Curriculum. This is only one measure of student understanding in a standardized manner. It should be interpreted accordingly.
The test is composed of a set of multiple-choice questions which require students to select the best answer from four options. The Core Curriculum consists of content area objectives as well as Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs). Data available related to this test includes how the group of students performed in each of the subcategories of the curriculum (standards, objectives, and ILOs), student proficiency levels, and percent of students in each proficiency level.
The combination of this data may be used to evaluate and make program decisions for students within a grade level as a group or science programs at the school, LEA, and state level. The information may then be used as a piece of evidence in determining priorities for program and instructional emphasis and refinement.
Alphabet Soup Standardized Testing
Assessment Plan Grid
Common Language for Science Assessment
Multiple Choice Item Writing Rules