IOWA TESTING
November 2004
The Iowa is a norm based test
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This means a sample group of
students takes the test.
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When you take the test, you are
compared to the sample group.
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The Terra Nova is a similar test.
Why do we test?
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The state requires it.
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We use it for course placement.
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It tells us whether we need to
make changes
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High schools use it for admissions
and course placement
What do we do with the
scores?
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Teachers analyze and change
what they teach
Label placed on permanent record
Report sent home to parents
They do NOT count in any class
grade.
They do NOT fail you.
What do all these numbers
mean, Mrs. Kovacic?
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A percentile does NOT equal
percent.
A percentile means you scored
as better than, or as well as, that
% of people.
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If you scored in the 50th percentile,
you scored the same or better
than 50% of the people who took
the test. This would be an
average score.
Iowa 2004 Grade 6
70
60
Percentile
50
40
30
20
10
0
Read
Math
Lang
Social St
Science
Iowa 2004 Grade 7
70
60
Percentile
50
40
30
20
10
0
Read
Math
Lang
Social St
Science
Iowa 2004 Grade 8
70
60
Percentile
50
40
30
20
10
0
Read
Math
Lang
Social St
Science
THINK
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How did I feel about the Iowa
test before I took it?
Anxious? Nervous?
Dreaded it? Didn’t care?
Saw it as a challenge?
Was too sleepy or hungry to
concentrate?
If you felt. . .
then you
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Anxious, nervous
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may have rushed
through
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Apathetic
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not worked
carefully, zoomed
through the test,
just filled in
answers
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Challenged
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worked carefully,
checked your work
The MOST important
question is
Was that the best
I can do?
ISAT 2005
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Testing begins Tues., March 8.
7th grade tests in science only.
8th grade tests in reading and
math.
6th grade does not test this year.
Next year, everyone takes
reading and math.
ISAT Test
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Standards based test – score
based on how many you get
correct, not how you compare
to others.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Academic warning
Below standards
Meets standards
Exceeds standards
Reading Test
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3 sessions, 40 minutes each
64 multiple choice questions
2 extended response questions
Math Test
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3 sessions, 45 minutes (2)
40 minutes (1)
78 multiple choice questions
2 extended response questions
Can use calculator + formula
sheet, no scratch paper
Science test
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2 sessions, 35 minutes each
70 multiple choice questions
We even made
the teachers and
the parents take
the ISAT.
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
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Take this on as a challenge
Everything you do counts
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