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Schools recognized for student performance on ITBS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2010 17:45 PM

The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a standardized exam commonly used across the country to determine how well students are performing in their academics. With the No Child Left Behind Act, public institutions must select a standardized test that can demonstrate that a school is on par with the academic standards of the rest of the country.

The ITBS is typically used in Catholic schools to help determine how well students are doing, and sometimes results can lead to the institution being recognized for being exceptional in terms of the kind of academic standards they hold for their students.

Two schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford were awarded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, according to the Catholic Transcript. This recognition is given to schools that show the highest regards of academic excellence.

The news provider reports that both the St. James School and the St. Martha School scored in the 90th percentile for the ITBS.

The Department of Education has been using the Blue Ribbon Schools program since 1982.