The ABA focuses on students' knowledge, understanding, and life application of scripture. It is designed to assist Christian educators in identifying the mastery level of students in these three areas, and, as a program diagnostic tool, support these educators in evaluating their school's Bible instructional program. It is hopeful that this test and the test results will stir an on ongoing dialogue in schools—a dialogue that is both deep and thoughtful about the role that Bible instruction plays in the curriculum and in the development of students.
The ABA was developed as a K—12 assessment by a team of 100 Christian school educators, who were trained to write test items. These writers represented all grade levels and a variety of Christian schools, utilizing the most commonly used Bible textbooks and series among Christian Schools. Test development was a three-year process that included the design of the test blueprint (scope and sequence) writing of over 1,500 possible items, trial testing, finalization of the test for norming and the administration of the norming.
The ABA includes:
Process Clusters—At all grade levels- Knowledge, Comprehension, Application
Content Clusters—Vary depending on grade level. Examples include: creation, Christ, Old and New Testament Bible stories, Bible organization and structure, the Church, and Christian living.
Since the ABA is not connected to any assessment program, it will allow Christian schools the freedom to add it to their unique schoolwide assessment plan.
The ABA is a normed and standardized assessment which provides a Performance Standard (criterion-referenced measure). Criterion referenced scores determine the level of mastery that a correct answer demonstrates.