Standardized Testing

Testing and Evaluation

Standardized Testing at the Franciscan School
2014-15 Testing Results

Each year the Franciscan School conducts a standardized testing program as part of its overall assessment of student learning and school programs. This testing program is approved by the Catholic Schools Office. The purpose of standardized testing is to assess ability and achievement. It gives a “snapshot” of a student’s academic progress on a particular day.

In the fall the testing includes the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), which is administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt), which is administered to students in grade 5. Please note that Riverside Publishing, the testing company, changed their test in 2014, which is why only these years are shown.

How to Interpret ITBS Results

The National Percentile Rank (NPR) is the percent of students in a particular grade in the nation with a lower score on that test, total, or composite.

The charts below summarize the percentile rankings and grade equivalents from each grade and general category. These percentiles can help discern whether we are aligned to national standards of core curricula since it is compared to many other schools. You will see that our achievement on the whole compares very well to the national student and school percentile measures. Grade equivalents should be used to measure progress from year to year, but don’t directly correlate to the “actual” grade level of the student.  If, for instance, scores for a particular class moves from a 5.6 GE in 4th grade to a 6.7 GE in 5th grade, you can be confident they have achieved a year’s growth, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are working at a 6th grade level.

 

2014 National Percentile of Average Standard Score 2015 National Percentile of Average Standard Score 2016 National Percentile of Average Standard Score
Grade English/ Language Arts Total Math Total Core Composite Complete Composite Grade English/ Language Arts Total Math Total Core Composite Complete Composite Grade English/ Language Arts Total Math Total Core Composite Complete Composite
3rd 78 69 75 N/A 3rd 85 80 83 85 3rd 79 72 75 77
4th 89 64 77 80 4th 81 57 69 72 4th 89 72 81 82
5th 83 69 70 72 5th 88 62 74 75 5th 81 50 65 68
6th 79 58 68 69 6th 81 62 71 71 6th 82 62 71 72
7th 88 71 78 77 7th 84 69 75 75 7th 81 66 72 72
8th 81 71 74 74 8th 87 75 80 78 8th 84 74 77 76
2014 Grade Equivalent 2015 Grade Equivalent 2016 Grade Equivalent
Grade English/ Language Arts Total Math Total Core Composite Complete Composite Grade English/ Language Arts Total Math Total Core Composite Complete Composite Grade English/ Language Arts Total Math Total Core Composite Complete Composite
3rd 4.2 3.6 3.8 N/A 3rd 4.6 3.9 4.2 4.3 3rd 4.2 3.7 3.9 4
4th 6.3 4.6 5.4 5.6 4th 5.7 4.3 4.9 5.1 4th 6.3 4.9 5.5 5.7
5th 7.2 5.5 6.2 6.6 5th 7.6 5.7 6.5 6.7 5th 7 5.1 5.9 6.3
6th 8.3 6.6 7.3 7.6 6th 8.5 6.8 7.5 7.7 6th 8.6 6.8 7.5 7.8
7th 11 8.7 9.6 9.7 7th 10.3 8.6 9.3 9.5 7th 10 8.4 9 9.2
8th 11.9 10.1 10.7 11.2 8th 13+ 10.8 11.9 12.1 8th 12.5 10.5 11.3 11.7

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How does TFS use the Results?TFS uses the ITBS and CogAt testing results diagnostically. That is, TFS does not teach to the test but rather lets the test “teach” us. We strive to be an exemplary school where students achieve to the best of their abilities. These results help TFS to identify testing strengths and weaknesses across subject areas over time.

The TFS administrative team and teachers will collaborate with the parents/guardians of the students with identified special needs. If a student cannot be accommodated within the school program, every effort is to be made to help with placement in another school program beyond TFS.