IOWA Tests: Each year in the fall, grades 3 - 8 take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) test and grades 9-12 take the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED).
ITBS and ITED measure the skills and achievement of students from third through twelfth grade. Developed at The University of Iowa and backed by a tradition of more than 70 years of educational research and test development experience, these tests provide an in-depth assessment of students’ achievement of important educational objectives. Tests in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and information sources yield reliable and comprehensive information both about the development of students’ skills and about their ability to think critically.
CogAT: Each year in the fall, grades 3-12 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). CogAT measures three separate domains - Verbal, Nonverbal, and Quantitative reasoning - to identify strengths and weaknesses missed by other assessments. These tests are designed to help teachers understand how each child learns and processes information, and give them the information they need to differentiate instruction to allow students to thrive. Additionally, these tests help to identify gaps between student ability and achievement, so we can reassess a student's learning plan, if necessary.
MAP: We test all students K-12, three times a year, Fall, Winter and Spring with the Measures of Academic Performance from NWEA.
MAP® Growth™ measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s responses, MAP Growth creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance as well as estimating projected growth. Timely, easy-to-use reports help teachers teach, students learn, and administrators lead. Since the scale is continuous across grades, educators trust it to track longitudinal growth over a student’s career.
MAP tests are aligned to state standards in grades 3-8. We use this valuable information to see where our students are now, develop growth goals for the coming year, and create instructional strategies to meet those goals. These tests allow us to see how our students perform compared to all other students in our own community. MAP testing also shows how our students are projected to perform on the SAT®/ACT®, beginning in the 5th grade. The intent is that our students are college and career ready.
As a school, we set our academic standards high, with the goal of nurturing students who are proficient in reading, writing, and math. ITBS and MAP tests help us achieve that goal.