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ITBS scores rise at Illinois school
MONDAY, JANUARY 09, 2012 17:03 PM

Kel Kissamis, the principal at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Hampshire, Illinois, is starting the new year on a positive note thanks to several recent developments, such as increased enrollment and higher test scores, The Courier-News reported.

St. Charles uses the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) to assess its students, according to the news source. It is not uncommon for these pupils to be among the nation’s top performers on the ITBS, but the most recent batch of scores was even better than expected.

"The number of testing areas in which our students placed in the top 15 percent of the nation increased by 80 percent this year, and the number of areas in which they placed in the top 10 percent increased by 96 percent," Kissamis told the news outlet.

Kissamis feels that the reason why students performed so well was related to the fact that they come from families that place an importance on success, according to the news source. In addition, the faith, culture and tone that is set by these families is reflected at St. Charles.

Riverside Publishing’s website states that the ITBS measures test takers’ abilities in areas such as vocabulary, word analysis, listening, reading comprehension, mathematics, social studies and science.