New tests created by the state that measure what students know and are able to do in key subjects in key grades. These tests are based on the state's new academic content standards and will replace the current proficiency tests.
Instruments that measure what your child knows academically and what he/she can do academically. Examples: California Achievement Test, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT). These tests reveal strengths and weaknesses in your child's academic abilities. They should also help educators improve instruction, aid in forming goals and objectives for the curriculum, and determine content and skills.
Tests used to measure knowledge, understanding, or skills acquired from academic work. Results are used to provide information about the strengths and weaknesses of individual students in addition to those of academic programs. They are sometimes used to compare the scores of individual students and schools with others.
Tests required by some colleges to measure student attainment in specific areas. They are now known as SAT Subject Tests and are available in English, mathematics, history and social studies, languages, and science.
A collection of tests that measure the student's proficiency and accumulated knowledge of specific subject areas. Different schools require different achievement tests as part of their admissions requirements. Since March 1994, these tests are now known as the SAT II tests. See also SAT and ETS.