ERIC Number: ED423275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Standardized Tests: Summary of Results 1997-1998. Focus on Standardized Testing.
Deeter, Thomas; Prine, Don
As part of its academic testing program, the Des Moines Public Schools administer standardized, norm-referenced achievement tests. The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a norm-referenced standardized test battery that is administered to students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7. In the 1997-98 school year, over 415 (approximately 5%) of the students who took the ITBS were being served by a special education program. During the year, the American College Testing Program's PLAN assessment was administered in the fall to Grade 10 students. Other aspects of the district assessment plan, not reported in this document, include criterion-referenced, objectives-based tests, a writing test, college entrance examinations, and advanced placement tests. This analysis focuses on student norms rather than school norms. Analysis of the results of the standardized norm-referenced achievement tests indicates that Des Moines students are achieving above most other students nationwide. While there is room for improvement, students at most schools are scoring at a higher percentile rank on the ITBS when compared to similar groups in prior years. Even with the inclusion of the special education students, most schools continue to do very well. Students continue to achieve at relatively higher levels in mathematics than in reading or language, a finding that supports the district's new mathematics curriculum. Results from the ITBS and the PLAN assessments, in conjunction with other assessment results, should provide a foundation of information that is necessary to make informed decisions about the instruction and achievement of district students. Seven appendixes contain definitions of terms used in the report and tables of historical ITBS results and trends. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Dept. for School Improvement and Employee Relations.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills