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Local Board of Education ends school year with review of high ITBS scores
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 17:09 PM

Bringing the 2010-2011 academic year to a close, members of the Ruthven-Ayrshire Board of Education recently gathered to review the district's end of the year report, the Emmetsburg Reporter-Democrat states.

Although Superintendent Norene Bunt called it a "year of transition," she said the district's students were able to accomplish a great deal. For example, they saw significant increases in both their reading and math scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), the news outlet reports.

According to its website, the ITBS is a voluntary testing service that assesses students in kindergarten through the eighth grade. Children are tested on subjects such as reading comprehension, mathematics, social studies and science. Currently, almost all public and private school districts in Iowa have chosen to adopt this service.

Aside from high ITBS scores, Bunt stated that the district's schools still graduate all of their students and have attendance rates of 95 percent or above.

"These are accomplishments to be proud of," she told the media outlet.