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Iowa City Council using ITBS scores to figure out affordable housing dollars
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010 18:15 PM

The Iowa City Council is planning on using test scores from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to determine what makes affordable housing in the area.

According to the Iowa City Press Citizen, the council will be using information that was provided to them by the Iowa City School District to determine affordable housing locations. Some of these statistics include ITBS scores, student turnover rates and free and reduced lunch participation.

Once all of the information is gathered, council members will use it to determine new projects that should receive federal affordable housing dollars. The news provider reports that the city receives between $1.5 million and $2 million from the Community Development Block Grant and HOME program funding every year.

Superintendent Steve Murley told the news provider that the information they've gathered clearly shows that children from low-income families perform better in schools with a number of socio-economic levels.

The ITBS is used to determine a student's progress in their academics and can measure how they compare against their peers.



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