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Children honored for performances on the ITBS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 15:59 PM

Students in Shellsburg, Iowa were recently honored for their high academic achievement, The Daily Eagle reports. These fifth-grade students earned the President's Award for Educational Excellence and the President's Award for Education Achievement.

Those children who earned the Educational Excellence award were required to maintain an A-grade average and fall into the 85th percentile or higher in math and reading on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). In order to qualify for the Education Achievement award, students had to demonstrate 1.1 years of improvement in math or reading on the ITBS and receive a recommendation by a teacher.

More than 50 students were honored, with 34 receiving the Educational Excellence award and 21 receiving the Educational Achievement award, according to the news outlet.

Students who take the ITBS in the fifth grade are tested on their knowledge of subjects such as vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, math concepts, math problem solving, data interpretation and science, according to the exam's website. The main purpose of this exam is to see the areas in which students need to improve.