by Julie Ann Madden
For the three months before the Class of 2013 Akron-Westfield junior class took their Iowa Assessments this Spring, they spent time reviewing the subjects tested.
The students gave up their “privileges” two days a week to spend time with English teachers preparing for these tests during the Success Time class periods.
According to Grades 7 – 12 Principal Derek Briggs, their preliminary test results showed marked improvement.
Iowa Assessments were previously called Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) or Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITEDS),
“Their scores are very interesting,” Briggs reported to the Akron-Westfield School Board at their June 11 meeting.
In Reading, the junior class improved 17 percent in proficiency, he said, and in Science, 12.5 percent.
Now, I’m curious to look at individuals’ scores, said Briggs. Not only their proficiency levels but whether or not they grew from the previous testing period.
Briggs and the English teachers went through each students’ Iowa Assessments’ results from as early as third grade if they took the tests in Iowa.
He will bring back a full report at a later date.