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Could open enrollment boost ITBS scores?

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011 18:47 PM

Students who have the option of open enrollment may find that there are a number of benefits for their academic careers, including higher scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).

Through open enrollment, the state department of education provides money to students who want to attend other schools, including non-publics. According to the Daily Iowan, this could bolster test scores as students from low-income areas will have the opportunity to receive a higher quality of education than they would in a public system.

However, the news provider also reports that this option could potentially take more money away from the public system, and would limit the amount of programs in a district.

Still, as students already have the option to open enroll within the public system, some academics are hoping that the option to enroll anywhere will soon be passed through the legislature.

The ITBS is given to all public school students in the state of Iowa, as well as other areas across the country. Students who score in the 40th percentile are considered proficient.