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Standardized Testing

2017 Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Results

The graphs below represent the scores achieved in each grade on the IOWA tests taken in October 2017.

The charts below summarize the National Percentile Rankings (NPR) for the class of students, as compared to the norms for the students who take the same test (National Student Percentile), and for the school, as compared to the norms of weighted frequency distributions of percentile averages for participating schools (National School Percentile).  In addition, we also include the Grade Equivalent (GE) scores for each grade as well. Grade equivalents help schools measure how many months of growth has taken place between testing sessions, they are not necessarily indicative of advanced placement. (For example, a third grader getting a GE of 5 in reading indicates they did as well as the average beginning fifth grader would do if taking this same third grade test, not that they are necessarily reading at a fifth grade level.)  For the third and fifth grades, the NPR for the CogAT tests are shown as well.

These scores 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.  We also compare very well to the Diocese of Raleigh overall as well (Data not shown).

Grade 3 English/LA Core Composite Math
National Student Percentile 86 85 81
National School Percentile 99 98 94
Grade Equivalent (GE) 4.7 4.3 4.1
Grade 4 English/LA Complete Composite Math SS Science
National Student Percentile 85 94 85 96 97
National School Percentile 98 93 80 93 98
Grade Equivalent (GE) 7.1 6.8 5.6 7.6 8.8
Grade 5 English/LA Complete Composite Math SS Science
National Student Percentile 90 80 72 81 80
National School Percentile 99 96 79 96 98
Grade Equivalent (GE) 8.0 7.2 6.2 7.3 7.6
Grade 6 English/LA Complete Composite Math SS Science
National Student Percentile 77 66 56 68 67
National School Percentile 96 80 62 81 82
Grade Equivalent (GE) 8.1 7.3 6.5 7.7 7.5
Grade 7 English/LA Complete Composite Math SS Science
National Student Percentile 88 77 73 76 73
National School Percentile 99 93 84 95 88
Grade Equivalent (GE) 11.0 9.8 8.9 10.0 9.6
Grade 8 English/LA Complete Composite Math SS Science
National Student Percentile 84 76 72 75 75
National School Percentile 98 93 76 69 76
Grade Equivalent (GE) 12.5 11.6 10.3 11.6 11.8

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.