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Testing and Evaluation

Standardized Testing at the Franciscan School
2012-13 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 grades 3, 5, and 7.  In the spring the testing includes the North Carolina End of Course (EOC) Testing in Algebra (please note that the state did not fund the Geometry EOC the past couple of years and therefore the Geometry EOC was not administered to any students statewide).  In addition, 4th and 7th Graders take the Catholic Schools Writing Assessment.

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. 

Core Total scores on the ITBS represent an average of Reading, Language, and Math totals combined.

TFS's overall Core Totals are at least in the top 3% of schools' scores nationally for each grade, with a Core Total average of 97.0% for all students tested.

The Composite Total scores on the ITBS represent an average of the Core Total areas as well as the Social Studies scores, Science scores, and Sources of Information scores.

The Composite Totals for TFS are at least in the top 3% of schools scored nationally for each grade with an average Composite Total score of 97.6% of all students tested.
Grade Equivalent scores are one measure of individual growth from one year to the next and are not meant to suggest a student's actual grade placement.  It estimates a student's developmental level.  A student is on "grade level" if the score obtained is similar to the normal performance for students in the same grade who were tested at about the same time of year.

Grade Equivalent Scores

  3rd Grade G.E. Score    4th Grade G.E. Score 5th Grade G.E. Score 6th Grade G.E. Score 7th Grade G.E. Score 8th Grade G.E. Score
Reading 4.5 5.7 7.4 8.6 9.9 12.7
Language 4.8 6.0 8.1 9.2 12.4 13+
Math 4.0 5.1 6.3 7.6 9.4 11.5
Science N/A 6.5


9.0 10.8 13+
Social Studies N/A 6.0 7.7 8.3 10.5 12.8
Composite Total N/A 5.9 7.6 8.6 10.5 13+

G.E. = Grade Equivalent

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.

Accomodations 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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