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Waterloo students take the Iowa Assessments

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012 15:11 PM

In the past, students in Waterloo, Iowa, sharpened their No. 2 pencils and took the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). This is no longer the case, as these pupils now have until April 13 to complete the new Iowa Assessments, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported.

According to officials from the Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa, the Iowa Assessments offer more than just a new name. The questions that appear on the Assessments were created based on content from both the Iowa Core and the Common Core State Standards.

However, the news source stated that Waterloo students may not notice much of a difference between the ITBS and the Iowa Assessments. They will still use No. 2 pencils to answer questions related to English, math and science for a period of time that is relatively unchanged.

Test takers may not see much of a difference, but teachers and parents will receive a better sense of how each student is performing academically.

"Parents will actually get a report that tells a child’s growth over time," Jane Lindaman, associate superintendent of educational services for the Waterloo Community School District, told the news outlet.