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Archdiocese of Hartford students excel on the ITBS

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012 16:36 PM

Every March, students in the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford take the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), according to Enfield, Connecticut’s Patch website. While these pupils are known to excel on the ITBS, results from the previous school year were especially high.

These students managed to exceed the national averages in language arts, reading, social studies, math and science – all subjects the ITBS covers. High scores also helped test takers from the Archdiocese of Hartford place within the top 20 percent of nationally tested students.

"It’s like an Olympic Gold Medalist beating his own record," Valerie Mara, the Archdiocese’s director of curriculum design of Catholic schools, told the news source. "These exemplary scores indicate that our Catholic school students will be prepared to tackle the challenges that lie ahead in college as well as future career aspirations."

Students are expected to earn a score equivalent to that of a pupil in his or her seventh month of schooling for that grade level.

Overall, the ITBS’ results are used by educators to see how students are faring in key academic areas, according to The Riverside Publishing Company’s website.