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In Nevada, students take two types of assessments during their school years. In grades 3-8 students take the Criterion-Reference Test (CRT). In high school students take the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE). Both of these tests are a summative, standards-based test meaning that they provide a picture of what a student is able to do at a certain point, following instruction in the subject. The Nevada Writing Proficiency Exam is also given to students in 5th and 8th grades and again in 11th grade.
For students in grades 3-8, the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) is given in Reading and Mathematics. These tests are given in multiple-choice (grades 3-8) and constructed-response formats (grades 4-8). On the Reading CRT, the length of the reading passages range from up to 500 words to up to 1000 words as students progress from grades 3 to 8. Students are provided with either a checklist or a rubric to use for their constructed-response answers.
The Nevada Writing Proficiency Exams gives students a chance to show their ability and achievement in mastering writing skills. This assessment is now computer-based. Students are given a reading passage and a prompt and the student generates his response on the computer. There is only one writing task on this test.
Students in grades 3-8 take the Nevada Criterion-Reference Test and the Writing Assessment for 5th and 8th graders during January-February. For the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) in Mathematics, Reading and Science and the Writing Assessment for 11th graders the tests are in March; for high schoolers the test is offered four times throughout the year. Students must pass all sections of the HSPE as a requirement for graduation.
The assessments measure a student’s proficiency in the skills required of the subject matter. In addition, the assessments look for a student’s Depth of Knowledge Level on the subject. Depths of Knowledge Levels are: Level 1: Recall, Level 2: Use of Concepts/Skills and Level 3: Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving.
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