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School board sees dramatic difference in ITBS scores thanks to programs
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011 16:02 PM

Schools typically rely on standardized tests such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) in order to get an idea of student performance.

In recent years, there have been greater moves toward education reform, such as heavily pushing standardized tests as a means of determining the quality of a school's curriculum. According to the Des Moines Register, members of the Ankeny school board saw a significant improvement in student scores on the ITBS this year.

Dana Schon, the executive director of elementary education, told the school board that some programs have been helping advance ITBS scores. Of the 458 students who participated in Second Chance Reading, which helps students in grades six through 12 with comprehension skills, 201 went from non-proficient to proficient.

"I think the data speaks to how critical this is in helping our students succeed," Schon told the news provider.

The ITBS is used to measure student performance across the country, as public institutions in Georgia, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah and a number of parochial and Catholic schools utilize the test.