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School with unconventional learning methods makes high marks on ITBS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2010 16:57 PM

Many studies have been done on children to gauge what they're capable of in the academic world. Some schools may notice that providing students with more freedom helps them perform better on certain tests, such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

Students in Miles Elementary School in Kentucky are beginning to take charge of their curriculum, and teachers are noticing that test scores are improving, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Bryant Gillis, an educator at the school, explains that the students are in charge of parent/teacher conferences, do not receive standard letter grades on their report cards and never have their homework graded.

"I'm not going to tell you everything is perfect, because it's not - we still have gaps," Gillis tells the news provider. "But so far it's been an awesome journey."

However, Gillis noted that the school beat state averages by double digits on every grade level - three through five - on the ITBS.

The ITBS is given in grades K-8 and is used to evaluate a child's readiness for further education, ensuring they're at the standards set for their grade level and evaluation effectiveness of a curriculum.