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Iowa Assessments scores to benefit teachers and parents
MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 17:10 PM

This past fall, schools that typically administered the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) to their students had the opportunity to introduce the Iowa Assessments, which will replace the Tests.

In addition to the ITBS, the Iowa Assessments replace the Iowa Tests of Educational Development. According to officials from the University of Iowa College of Education’s Iowa Testing Programs, the Iowa Assessments draw on content from the Iowa Core, as well as the Common Core State Standards. The end result is Assessments that will provide parents and teachers with better insight into students’ growth and understanding of academic subjects.

Students who attend classes in Stratford, Iowa will take the Iowa Assessments during the first full week of February, The Daily Freeman-Journal reported.

"The Iowa Assessment is much more valuable to parents, teachers, and kids because of the standard score scale," said Sarah Binder, superintendent of the Stratford Community School District, as quoted by the news source. "It's more useful to us at school, and therefore, more meaningful to families as well."

Students who take the Iowa Assessments will answer questions related to academic subjects such as English, mathematics, social studies and science.