PLTW Assessments: Tools to Support and Reinforce Student Learning

Explore Our New High School Assessment

Assessments are a powerful way to evaluate and strengthen student learning.

Assessments provide meaningful feedback to students, teachers, and PLTW. They help students understand what they are doing well and what they need help with, give teachers the information they need to guide each student, and provide PLTW with information that helps us continuously update and improve our programs.

Balanced Assessment: A Continuous Approach Focused on Student Success

We embrace a balanced approach to assessment for all programs, integrating both formative and summative assessments. Through this balanced approach, assessment is an ongoing activity that provides students with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, which allows teachers to monitor student progress and modify instruction accordingly. 

PLTW students show what they’ve learned by completing classroom activities, projects, and problems; maintaining logs, notebooks, and portfolios that undergo assessment; and evaluating work through a range of tools, such as performance rubrics and reflective questioning, to deepen and expand their knowledge and skills. In high school, the End-of-Course (EoC) Assessment offers students a way to prove their strengths and showcase their potential to teachers, higher education institutions, and employers. 

First-of-Its-Kind High School Assessment

In a rapidly changing economy, students with in-demand, transportable skills – including problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and ethical reasoning – are most likely to thrive throughout their education and careers. But until now, high school tests have not provided employers or institutions of higher education information necessary to confirm graduates’ competencies in these areas.

PLTW offers a first-of-its-kind summative assessment that measures both subject-matter knowledge and mastery of in-demand, transportable skills. The new EoC Assessment – available for the 2018-19 school year – is designed with insights and validation from a coalition of secondary educators, higher education representatives, and industry experts.

Using innovative items, the new EoC Assessment measures a broader range of knowledge, skills, and cognitive abilities, and delivers a dynamic experience that resembles the hands-on learning context of the PLTW classroom.

Learn more about PLTW’s new EoC Assessment by downloading the white paper, “Reinventing the High School Assessment: A Way to Measure What Matters Most”. 

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Results with Currency

The PLTW End-of-Course Assessments were designed with insights and validation from more than 400 secondary educators, higher education representatives, and industry experts.  Students who take the assessments receive detailed score reports that include a scale score ranging from 100 to 600, a corresponding Achievement Level Descriptor – either Novice, Practiced, Accomplished, or Distinguished – and the level of student knowledge within specific skill clusters, including transportable skills, assessed on a scale of one to six.

Students can use their test results to bolster college applications or resumes or can send their score report directly to higher education institutions and employers, who may use it for admissions, scholarships, dual credit opportunities, campus experiences, internships, apprenticeships, industry certifications, and more.