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Iowa education report reveals slight improvement in ITBS scores
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 16:56 PM

The Iowa Department of Education recently released its Condition of Education Report for 2011, Eastern Iowa Schools reported. The data contained in this document provides insight into the state of students’ academic performance.

For instance, the Report revealed only slight improvements on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). Between 2004 and 2006, just over 78 percent of fourth-graders were found to be proficient in the reading portion of the assessment. This number has increased to 80 percent between 2009 and 2011, the news source stated.

Meanwhile, 74.3 percent of eighth-graders in Iowa were found to be proficient in reading on the ITBS between 2009 and 2011, compared to 71.4 percent from 2004 through 2006.
While these are minor improvements, they show that progress on Iowa’s national exams remain relatively flat, according to the news outlet.

The Report also provides insight into several other aspects of academic life in Iowa. According to KCCI Des Moines, there is a 57 percent gap in reading proficiency among fourth-graders in the state, while a 56 percent gap exists between students in the eighth grade.