ERIC Number: ED395986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment Program Results 1994-1995. Focus on Assessing Outcomes.
Deeter, Thomas; Prine, Don
The Des Moines Public School System (Iowa) continually evaluates the process of teaching for learning. As part of this ongoing process, this report provides information to the Board of Directors and the public about the achievement of district students on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED), the American College Tests (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT), the Advanced Placement Tests (AP) for college placement, the District Composition Assessment (performance based assessment for grades 3, 5, 8, and 11), and the school district's own criterion-referenced assessments. The aggregate of information from the multiple assessments in this report is an indication that district students are learning. In an urban context of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic factors, the Des Moines Public Schools continues to pursue a quality educational program. Standardized norm-referenced test scores are increasing in many schools. ACT, SAT, and AP results reflect district success in challenging students to reach higher levels of achievement. Student writing proficiency, measured by the composition test, also is increasing. Results for the criterion-referenced, objectives-based tests were mixed. At the elementary level, only in language arts did the percentages of students achieving the mastery standard fall, but at middle school levels, students lagged in mathematics, science, and foreign language, and at the high school level, students were not on target in family and consumer sciences and mathematics. Gaps based on ethnicity and socioeconomic indicators continue in the school system. Five appendixes present definitions and test results. (Contains 17 tables and 6 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, College Entrance Examinations, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnicity, Performance Based Assessment, School Districts, Socioeconomic Status, State Programs, Test Results, Testing Programs, Urban Schools, Writing Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; Advanced Placement Examinations (CEEB); Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; Iowa Tests of Educational Development