The Terra Nova is a standardized achievement test designed to provide achievement scores that are valid for most types of educational decision-making. Areas that are assessed are Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Primarily, the inferences from the test results include measurement of achievement of individual students relative to a current nationwide normative group and relative program effectiveness based on the results of groups of students. Progress can be tracked over years and grades. The results are used to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a student's achievement in each content area, to plan for further instruction, to plan for curriculum development, and to report progress to parents. The purpose is to assess academic achievement for most types of educational decision-making. (e.g., on program effectiveness, class grouping, needs assessment, and placement in special programs).
Terra Nova Exams were transitioned to Common Core Standards in 2014.