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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.  In addition, 4th and 7th Graders take the Catholic Schools Writing Assessment in late winter.

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 from each grade and component. 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. Please take special note that our testing company has changed score categories and norming data for this year, which has a significant effect on the 2014 scoring, making the comparison from year to year extremely difficult until next year’s testing is completed for comparison

Grade Equivalent Scores

 

GRADE 3

ELA

EXT. ELA

Math

 

GRADE 4

ELA

Math

SS

Sci

Nat’l Student Percentile

78

76

69

 

Nat’l Student Percentile

89

64

82

84

Nat’l School Percentile

92

91

74

 

Nat’l School Percentile

99

68

97

99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADE 5

ELA

Math

SS

Sci

GRADE 5 CogAT

Verbal

Quantitative

Non- verbal

Composite

Nat’l Student Percentile

83

59

79

74

Nat’l Student Percentile

74

56

63

66

Nat’l School Percentile

98

60

94

91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADE 6

ELA

Math

SS

Sci

GRADE 7

ELA

Math

SS

Sci

Nat’l Student Percentile

79

58

73

72

Nat’l Student Percentile

88

71

78

73

Nat’l School Percentile

96

63

87

87

Nat’l School Percentile

99

81

94

88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADE 8

ELA

Math

SS

Sci

 

 

 

 

 

Nat’l Student Percentile

81

71

73

76

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nat’l School Percentile

96

83

87

93

 

 

 

 

 

 


ELA = English/Language Arts (inc. reading, written expression, conventions of writing and Vocabulary)
Ext. ELA = Extended English/Language Arts ( inc. Word Analysis and Listening).
SS = Social Studies (Testing begins in 4th grade)
Sci = Science (Testing begins in 4th grade)
 

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.

Kindergarten Evaluation

Incoming Kindergarten students are evaluated following admission and prior to matriculation so that TFS can identify and respond to student strengths and weaknesses intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and developmentally as they begin their TFS career.


Accommodations for Students with Learning Style Differences

TFS is committed to ensuring that all admitted students succeed. In the event that a learning style difference is identified through a psycho-educational evaluation by a licensed psychologist, TFS will make reasonable accommodations for the student. However, TFS neither modifies its academic requirements nor alters its general course of study to meet special educational needs. For additional information on testing for possible learning style differences, parents should contact the School Counselor.

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.


 
 
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