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Test scores help identify schools in need of assistance
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012 16:06 PM

Students may not look forward to taking standardized tests, but they can actually play a significant role in how well they perform academically in the long run.

For instance, the Iowa Department of Education relies on scores from the Iowa Assessments to see which schools are meeting annual targets in the areas of reading and math, The Des Moines Register reported. These academic goals are essential to helping teachers work toward the state’s No Child Left Behind requirement of having all students proficient in reading and math on one standardized test by 2014.

Based on the results of their Iowa Assessments, two Warren County school districts have been labeled as in need of assistance during the new academic year, according to the news source. While no school wants this status, these institutions now have an opportunity to take steps that will improve the quality of their instruction.

The Iowa Assessments, which replaced the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), gauge students’ abilities in more areas than just reading and math. According to The University of Iowa’s website, the Assessments also test vocabulary, listening, science and computation skills.