ERIC Number: ED395987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
ITBS and ITED Assessment Results 1994-1995. Focus on Standardized Testing.
Deeter, Thomas; Prine, Don
As part of its academic testing program and the evaluation of academic achievement, the Des Moines (Iowa) Public School System administers two standardized, norm-referenced achievement tests. These are the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED). This document provides information regarding achievement on these tests in the 1994-1995 school year. The primary use of norm-referenced standardized tests is to provide general information about how the district compares with other urban districts with similar characteristics across the state and the nation. The ITBS is a test battery administered to students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 each year in February. The ITED is given each February to a sample of Des Moines students in grade 10. Results from both these assessments indicate that the district is achieving above most other schools nationally. While there is room for improvement, most schools are scoring at a higher percentile rank on the ITBS when compared to results from the ITBS given to similar groups in prior years. Overall, well above half of the students taking the ITED scored at or above grade level. For both tests, gender differences were minimal, but there were substantial differences between minority and nonminority students. Seven appendixes present details about test results, and a supplement contains a discussion of the norming process and norm use. (Contains eight tables, six appendix tables, and seven supplement tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; Iowa Tests of Educational Development