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Iowa school districts hope to turn their ITBS scores around

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011 18:14 PM

While the No Child Left Behind Act made it a requirement that students in the public school system must pass a standardized test, some underserved districts are arguing that they do not have the funds to increase the quality of academics.

Several school districts in Iowa that have consistently low scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) are asking for more money in order to help improve their scores, according to the Des Moines Register. Although funding may not be in the works, some academics are hopeful that they'll be able to turn around on their own.

"We are trying to be positive," Colfax-Mingo superintendent Ed Ackerman told the news provider. "The scores that happened, we can't undo those. What happens from here on out is what's most important to us."

While some may argue that the No Child Left Behind Act puts too much emphasis on a test, research has shown that overall, students' test scores have improved since these exams became a requirement.