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Iowa-based schools shows marked improvement on ITBS exam

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 15:52 PM

Students from Cedar Valley Catholic School in Iowa were recently found to have achieved high scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Iowa Tests of Education Development (ITED) exams, the Cedar Falls Courier reports.

According to the school, fourth grade students passed the reading portion of the tests at a 76.5 percent clip, which is a 10 percent increase from 2009 numbers. More than 90 percent of 11th grade students passed the science part of the exam, which represents an almost 8 percent increase.

Average scores from students in grades three through nine show that they tested above their grade level in reading, math and science. Furthermore, proficiency levels in those subjects were above 80 percent for pupils in grades 8 through 11.

Officials told the news source that ninth graders showed the largest growth in science, reading and math. Jeff Frost, the system's director of education, said that the school has focused on reading during the past two to three years.

According to the University of Iowa's College of Education, the ITBS has multiple sections for students between grades five through eight. For instance, pupils are tested on vocabulary, word analysis, reading comprehension, listening, language, math, social studies, science and sources of information.