The following are a list of common questions associated with the CERT.
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Is CERT just designed for high school juniors?
No, CERT offers assessment and remedial tools for students in 5th through 12th grade. CERT accommodates all educators who believe that Career and College Readiness Standard performance cannot be measured too early or too often. The most successful schools are those that measure student performance frequently and early to provide intervention services as appropriate.
Is CERT a test-prep program?
CERT is an assessment program with remediation functionality, not a test-prep program. While CERT is embedded with test-preparation functionality (i.e., video answer explanations for every test question and subject-matter and test-strategy remedial lessons), its primary function is to provide teachers and administrators with detailed reports that are easy to understand.
Is CERT a real ACT test?
No, the ACT did not create CERT and it does not endorse CERT. That being said, all of CERT's content is age-appropriate and designed to match real ACT assessments, providing students with valuable practice opportunities and teachers and administrators with valuable insights into student performance.
What does CERT offer teachers?
This answer is two-fold:
CERT offers three levels of analytics, from the most granular standards included in the Career and College Readiness Standards to the most general. This means that teachers who use CERT have unprecedented access to the data they need to offer differentiated instruction that is tailored to group and/or individual strengths and weaknesses.
CERT offers a high-level view of CRS performance to help teachers diagnose curricular gaps and discrepancies, allowing schools to make meaningful, real-time modifications to curriculum and instruction.
Does CERT offer grade-level placement like MAP?
No. Because colleges and universities prefer ACT assessment data for admission and scholarship purposes, CERT is designed to provide schools and students with performance indicators that are tied to national benchmarks. CERT eliminates the misrepresentation of grade-level reporting to ensure that every student, regardless of age or grade, has the same opportunity for ACT and postsecondary career and educational success.
How often should we administer a CERT assessment?
This is left to the discretion of each school, but CERT offers 3 assessments for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, 3 assessments for grades 9-11, and 2 assessments for grade 12. For the best longitudinal data, schools are encouraged to take full advantage of the assessment opportunities included in each program package. (The Middle School packages covers grades 5-8 and the High School package covers grades 9-12.)
When do students view the remedial lessons?
Schools generally have two options:
- Schools can offer structured or supervised time during the school day.
- Schools can permit students to access remedial lessons from home.