The tests you are about to take now are tests of skills used in Social Studies, Vocabulary, Reading, Written Language, Math, Computation, Science, Written Expression, Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation. These are the words every third grader to junior hear the week the ITED or ITBS are being given.
The Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) are a set of standardized tests given annually to high school students in many schools in the United States, covering grades 9 to 12. Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) are the standardized tests that are given to third through eighth graders. The tests were created by the University of Iowa's College of Education in 1942, as part of a program to develop a series of nationally accepted standardized achievement tests. The primary goal of the ITED and ITBS is to provide information to assist educators in improving teaching.
McKenzie Wood, a freshman, said "One thing I enjoy about the tests are that I can see how much I have improved from previous years, but I sort of dread them at the same time because I don't really like taking tests." She also adds that her favorite test is the vocabulary test.
Shelby McKinley, an eighth grader at North Tama, is pictured above taking one of the ITEDs. “I encourage everybody to try their best and work hard on the tests,” McKinley said.
Mr. Rea, North Tama 7-12 Principal, says, "I think one benefit of the ITED is that it gives you information on how your students are doing from year to year. Also, it tells us where the school's curriculum needs to improve and where it is already strong."
Ben Maki, a new junior at North Tama, had never taken the ITED before. "The first couple tests of the ITED were good but they took a long time. When I heard I had to take them, I figured they were another standardized test and I should just do my best on them."
Mr. Rea and the high school faculty gave the students an incentive to do good on their tests. If the students Full Annual Year's Growth (FAY) is improved, and they are above proficiency or their score goes up from last year, they will get to eat pizza from the Pizza Palace for lunch one day.