I recently took a fifty-state Internet tour and found that:
- Iowa is using the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
- Eleven states start with items from a norm-referenced test, add their own questions, and produce criterion-referenced test scores from the resulting assessment.
- Thirty-seven states use a customized criterion-referenced test.
- Nebraska uses a unique school-based, teacher-led approach to assessment.
It is, therefore, nearly certain that Kentucky could not substitute an existing NRT for CATS and meet our NCLB obligations.
For a one-page PDF showing how states do their NCLB testing, click here.