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Students take the new Iowa Assessments

FRIDAY, MARCH 02, 2012 17:08 PM

This past October, The University of Iowa announced significant changes to the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), including a new name, the Iowa Assessments. Students now tackle questions based on the Iowa Core, as well as the Common Core State Standards, according to a press release from the school.

The spring 2012 testing window for the Iowa Assessments runs from March 1 through 9, The Messenger reported. In the Fort Dodge Community School District, students were well-prepared to take the Assessments, as they are exposed to test-taking strategies throughout the academic year. This may be one reason why student performance on the tests has improved.

"Last year, in third-grade reading, more students were proficient than had ever been proficient before," Sue Wood, the District’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, told the news source.

Wood also expects this year’s results to be different than in previous years due to the fact that students are working with a new test. However, the first day of testing is said to have gone smoothly at the District’s Fair Oaks Middle School and Phillips Middle School.