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Higher ITBS scores among school district's goals

With classes across the country now underway, many schools are focused on meeting the goals that have been established for the new academic year. This is true of the institutions that make up Iowa's Le Mars Community School District, the Le Mars Daily Sentinel reported.

Among the 2011-2012 goals that were reviewed and approved by the district's board members is an effort to perform better on the Iowa Assessments, including the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and Iowa Tests of Educational Development, according to the news source. To make this intent a reality, teachers and school staff will continue to work toward raising the percentage of students who are deemed proficient in the areas of math, science, reading and writing.

The news outlet stated that this mission applies to district students in the 4th, 8th and 11th grades and aims to surpass the 10-year baseline average by June 1, 2012.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade have an opportunity to take the ITBS, which is a voluntary program that is offered by the University of Iowa's College of Education, according to the school's website. The assessment is designed to measure pupils' abilities in many of the subjects they take in school, including math, social studies and science.