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REDEEMER ITBS SCORES – FEBRUARY 2016

The IOWA Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)®, is administered to students in grades two through eight, typically in February. Unlike that of the STARR, this test is not used for pass-fail purposes. 

 

 

READING

LANGUAGE

MATH

SOCIAL STUDIES

SCIENCE

 

Grade Equivalence

School Percentile

Grade Equivalence

School Percentile

Grade Equivalence

School Percentile

Grade Equivalence

School Percentile

Grade Equivalence

School Percentile

2nd Grade

3.6

96

3.3

95

3.4

96

3.9

99

4.0

98

3rd Grade

4.6

93

4.2

90

4.4

95

4.8

96

5.1

97

4th Grade

6.0

96

5.8

92

6.2

97

6.5

97

7.4

99

5th Grade

7.7

98

7.8

97

7.3

95

7.9

97

8.7

99

6th Grade

8.5

93

8.7

92

7.8

83

8.6

89

9.4

97

7th Grade

9.9

92

10.8

94

9.3

86

10.6

93

11.2

97

8th Grade

11.3

88

11.8

87

11.0

90

10.8

79

11.1

82


UNDERSTANDING TEST RESULTS

 

Summary of Data

As an accredited school, classes at Redeemer Lutheran School meet or exceed the proficiency standards for performance in all academic areas as measured by the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)®.  This information will be used by classroom teachers to target curriculum goals for instruction.

 

Grade Equivalence (GE)

Represents a typical student’s ability by grade level year & month (Ex. a score of 5.7 in fourth-grade Reading means the average 5th grade in their 7th month of the school year would do this well on the fourth-grade test).

 

School Percentile (SP)

National percentage comparison (Ex. A score of 91 in fourth grade Reading means the school scored better than 91% of the schools nationally who took this test.)

 

ABOUT THE TEST (ITBS)

The ITBS, also known as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills® is the test that Redeemer administers.  Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®) is a registered trademark of Riverside Publishing, a Houghton Mifflin Company, or their affiliate(s), or their licensors.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides a variety of standardized testing options for schools and educators to use in an effort to test for achievement in reading, language, math, social studies, and science.  Please visit their website to understand better the variety of options to select.  

 

TEST USAGE

The test provides a nationally norm-referenced measure of a student's basic skills, and the results are used to help administration evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum, guide teachers with decisions about instruction, and monitor student growth. The administration also uses these results to gauge the achievement of our students compared to those across the country. Keep in mind, that one test alone cannot indicate a student’s overall strengths or weaknesses, but should be combined with classroom performance, and teacher and parent observations for a complete picture of your child’s academic profile.

 

ABOUT SCORING

The highest score a student can have on these tests is 99, and the lowest score is 1. A student’s score appears as a National Percentile Rank (NPR). This number indicates how each student scored against others of the same age and grade level across the nation.  As an example, a score of 75 on any test means that 25% of the students throughout the nation had higher scores and that the tested student did better than 75% of all students who took that test nation-wide.  Scores between 25 (low average) and 75 (high average) indicate performance in the average range.

 

In addition to the IOWA Test of Basic Skills, students in grades three and seven at Redeemer Lutheran School take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT ®). These scores are also nationally normed. Therefore a student’s performance can be compared with the test performances of other students throughout the nation who are the same age and grade. To help you understand your child’s scores, we have answers to some frequently asked questions.

 

 

REDEEMER LUTHERAN SCHOOL ACCREDITATIONS

  

Lutheran School Accreditation Commission

National Lutheran School Accreditation Commission

 

Redeemer Lutheran School is accredited by the Lutheran School Accreditation Commission, which is certified by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission.  

 

The school is recognized by the Commissioner of Education of the Texas Education Agency by Texas Administrative Code Title 19, Part II, Chapter 97, Subchapter A, #97.7 Non-Public Schools.

 

We also are accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation Commission and have received “excellent commendations” in the last seven years.