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ITBS to receive a new name
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2011 16:13 PM

The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) is not going away, but it will receive a new name in the 2011-2012 school year, The Gazette reported.

Rather than the ITBS, students will now take the Iowa Assessments, according to the news source. The new name is meant to reflect how the tests have changed over the years.

Through the ITBS, students in kindergarten through the eighth grade have the ability to take part in this voluntary Iowa Statewide Testing Program, which is offered through the University of Iowa’s College of Education, according to the school’s website.

The news outlet reported that while the ITBS will look the same, its content will undergo its first revision since the 2001-2002 school year to reflect Iowa’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010. The assessment’s English and math sections were written with the CCSS in mind, as these are the only two subjects that are currently addressed by the initiative.

While students currently rely on a No. 2 pencil to fill in the bubbles on the ITBS, the news source stated that an online version of the Iowa Assessment may be introduced in the fall of 2013.



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