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Connecticut Catholic schools see high ITBS scores
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 16:08 PM

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a voluntary program that assesses students between kindergarten and the eighth grade, according to its website. Using the results from this test, educators can see how well their students performed compared to children within the state and the country.

Recently, officials from Connecticut's Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford announced that their students between grades three and seven received ITBS scores above the national average, Hamden's Patch website reports. These children were assessed in subjects such as mathematics, English language arts, science, social studies and reading.

In all of these subjects, students who attended schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford scored in the top third in the country, the news source reports. Additionally, many children scored in the 85th to the 99th percentile, meaning they received better scores than 85 to 99 percent of students who took the test across the nation.

The results from the ITBS further indicated that Archdiocese of Hartford students had a particularly strong grasp of English language arts, as a majority of seventh-grade children received scores that were equivalent to those of an average tenth-grader.