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Iowa students see improved ITBS scores
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011 16:03 PM

Students who attend school in Ankeny, Iowa recently saw improved scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) for the third year in a row, Ankeny's Patch website reports. In many subjects, the children were able to earn double-digit increases.

According to its website, the ITBS is a voluntary testing service that is available to students between kindergarten and the eighth grade. Currently, almost all of Iowa's schools have chosen to adopt this program.

Ankeny students take the ITBS in grades three through eight. Susie Meade, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said these assessments help school faculty members determine how they can improve the education system.

"We wanted to identify what the students should know, recommit to our curriculum and ensure teachers have the right resources," she told the news outlet.

Throughout the past two years, school faculty have been adjusting their curriculum in order to ensure that students are getting the most out of their education. For example, the subjects of math, art, modern language, technical education and computers have all been adjusted in recent years, the news source reports.