EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills K-2

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2; critical thinking assessment for early elementary students

Test Purpose

Research shows what parents and teachers already know:  critical thinking skills can be learned from a very early age. The more children are supported and challenged to exercise their core critical thinking skills, the stronger these skills become.  The strength of these thinking skills is a key factor in student success in reading and in coursework across the curriculum

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2 is an objective measure of elementary reasoning skills. Children do not learn at the same pace and in the same way.  Early identification of thinking weaknesses in students provides opportunities for early intervention and remediation. Comprehensive reports provide significant individual and group diagnostics. This assessment delivers results that are locally relevant immediately.  Given at the beginning and/or end of the school year, reports provide metrics that schools use to:

  • Develop support programs: Use the research-based assessment data about student strength and weakness in thinking to identify students needing more support so that optimal individualized instruction and learning strategies can be developed 
  • Target classroom curriculum and activities: Provide the relevant, objective group data that teachers need to incorporate necessary reasoning skills into class work, reading lessons and curriculum 
  • Leverage accreditation and school improvement data with improved critical thinking outcomes: Evaluate the effectiveness of curricular programs, instructional approaches and educational materials in fostering critical thinking learning; strategically scaffold learning outcomes by building on successes at early grade levels
  • Assess effectiveness of enrichment programs: Document the effectiveness and outcomes achievement of after school programs, tutors, community based programs, lifelong learning programs as well as educational programs for disadvantaged youth
  • Promote school/home partnership; Comprehensive individual reports documenting their student’s problem solving strengths and weaknesses can help engage parents in student learning support activities

Test Overview

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Teachers play an important role in fostering the development of the core reasoning skills that will be the foundation of future academic progress. EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2 has been specifically calibrated to measure the thinking skills of children in early elementary school.  An age-appropriate children’s story format engages young students in applying their critical thinking skills to multiple-choice questions based on everyday situations.  Every question is familiar, relevant and provides all necessary content to isolate the thinking process. The assessment is timed for 45 minutes which permits maximum performance within the range of possible effort for the intended test-taker group. Insight Assessment has gone to great lengths to ensure that the tests from the EDUCATE INSIGHT series are age appropriate. Test takers will find that the examples in the assessments are situations they are familiar and can identify with easily.

Scale Scores Reported

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2 provides an Overall Reasoning score, and scores on five critical thinking skills that are vital for educational success: analysis, categorization, explanation, evaluation and inference. 

Test Administration

Insight Assessment offers a full service assessment solution, providing the industry’s most complete and cost-effective array of flexible testing options including app and browser based online administration as well as the traditional paper and pencil method. Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 on our multilingual delivery options.  An in-app tutorial makes navigation easy. Tests are available directly at your site or multiple sites, at test centers or to individuals. Clients are able to select and offer their test takers one or more of the testing methods which are suitable for their specific test environments and needs. Insight Assessment testing specialists will work directly with your in-house technology representative during set-up to ensure a smooth solution.

To perform well on a critical thinking test, the test taker must be able to read the question scenario and answer choices and understand the question being asked. Emergent readers, such as children for whom the EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2 form was developed, may require the test to be read aloud by a proctor. It is important that reading ability and language issues are not significant barriers for the test taker.  You will find that they test was designed to resemble closely a children’s reading book to reduce test-taker anxiety and be less stressful on the students. Students should feel that you are reading a book to them rather than their skill levels being questioned. EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2 comes in four pieces that can be read all at once or in four testing sessions.

Recommended Companion Assessment

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete assessment of a test taker's critical thinking, it is recommended both skills and dispositions be measured. Using companion assessments results in a comprehensive measurement of whether a test taker is ‘willing and able’ to think well. We recommend that EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2 be taken in conjunction with EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades K-2 .

EDUCATE INSIGHT Series

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2 is a member of the EDUCATE INSIGHT comprehensive thinking assessment program for K-12 students. The metrics delivered by these thinking skills and mindset assessments provide relevant, objective input for teachers in the classroom, for school improvement and accreditation reports. Use of the EDUCATE INSIGHT series makes possible reliable multi-year tracking of individual and group performance statistics as students progress through K-12 education. The EDUCATE INSIGHT series is specially designed for children ages K-12 from all areas and backgrounds. Our client relations specialists will help you determine the optimal tools for your objectives.

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