Standardized Tests in Iowa
About the Iowa Testing Programs (ITP)
If you have a child in elementary, middle or high school in Iowa, then you need to know about the standardized tests your child will be taking. To comply with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, Iowa administers standardized tests to students beginning in kindergarten through high school.
Time4Learning, an online education service that teaches many of the skills these exams test, offers this page to help you understand Iowa’s standardized tests and how you can help your children prepare.
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)
In Iowa, students in kindergarten through 8th grade take a norm-referenced test called the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). For students in kindergarten, the ITBS tests language and math skills. For students in 1st through 8th grade, it also includes reading, science and social studies tests.
Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED)
Students in 9th through 12th grade take the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED), another norm-referenced test, in reading, language, math, science and social studies. Norm-referenced means that students’ scores in Iowa are compared to the scores of their peers nationwide.
What do the ITBS and ITED Test Scores Mean?
Based on a percentile rank, the ITBS and ITED tests measure how students in Iowa compare with students in the same grade nationally in reading, language, math, science and social studies. A score at or above the 40th percentile is considered proficient.
ITBS and ITED test scores alone do not determine if a student will be promoted to the next grade or held back. However, students who receive low scores in reading, language, math, science or social studies might need additional instruction in those subject areas.
Preparing for Iowa’s ITBS and ITED Tests
For general tips on test preparation, please visit our standardized test overview page. The real preparation for the ITBS, and all standardized tests that assess a wide range of fundamental skills, is to steadily build and master skills in math, reading and writing fundamentals.
Parents can help students succeed in school by making a special effort to get involved in their children’s education. You should ensure your children are doing their homework every night and reading and writing on a daily basis. In addition, families can hire tutors or use online learning programs such as Time4Learning and Time4Writing to supplement their children’s schoolwork and help to build fundamental skills.
To help your children prepare for state standardized tests such as Indiana’s ITBS, you can enroll your children in a test prep program or buy books to help them become familiar with test formats and terminology, to learn test-taking strategies (when to guess, when not to), to become comfortable with time restrictions, and to practice answering different types of questions.
For instance, when a reading passage is followed by comprehension questions, many test prep programs teach students to scan the questions prior to reading the passage so that they can pay special attention to the areas addressed by questions.
Most states release copies of tests or sample test questions from previous years. Parents can use these released test questions as resources to help students practice test skills and students can spend the majority of their time reviewing the key concepts within the sample test questions.
Time4Learning is not a test prep program; instead, it is a program that builds the skills that will be tested.
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