Standardized Testing

Testing and Evaluation

Standardized Testing at the Franciscan School
Fall 2016-17 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.

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 fourth grade to a 6.7 GE in fifth grade, you can be confident they have achieved a year’s growth, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are working at a sixth grade level.

2016 National Percentile of Average Standard Score

Grade English/ Language Arts Total Math Total Core Composite Complete Composite
3rd 79 72 75 77
4th 89 72 81 82
5th 81 50 65 68
6th 82 62 71 72
7th 81 66 72 72
8th 84 74 77 76

2016 Grade Equivalent

Grade English/ Language Arts Total Math Total Core Composite Complete Composite
3rd 4.2 3.7 3.9 4
4th 6.3 4.9 5.5 5.7
5th 7 5.1 5.9 6.3
6th 8.6 6.8 7.5 7.8
7th 10 8.4 9 9.2
8th 12.5 10.5 11.3 11.7

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.