Iowa Department of Education releases new spring student assessment results, updates postsecondary readiness reports
DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Education today released new spring assessment results from K-3 early literacy screenings and the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress for students in grades and updated the state’s website on postsecondary readiness. Iowa fully administered the assessments this past spring and is one of the first states to release comprehensive data about student performance over the last year.
The results from early literacy screenings, which were administered in three testing windows by districts in fall, winter and spring, show the percentage of students in kindergarten through third grade scoring at or above benchmark is on an upward trend. Student performance dropped percentage points from fall to fall after the school year was cut short in order to mitigate the spread of COVID Spring proficiency scores improved for all grades with the exception of kindergarten.
Results from the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP), which was administered by districts from March 15 to May 28, show increases and decreases in English language arts proficiency when compared to last year, the variances of which are similar to those from prior years. Proficiency increased for students in grades 4, 6, 8, 10 and Third grade results declined the most, dropping percentage points.
While ISASP results in mathematics show a 1 to 7 percentage point decrease in the percent of students scoring proficient when compared to last year for all grade levels assessed, the decline is one that Iowa’s educational community is prepared to address.
“In order to move forward and continue to improve, we need to be able to measure where we are and where we need to go,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “Iowa schools worked hard this past spring to assess as many students as possible, even those who were learning remotely. Thanks to their efforts, Iowa likely has one of the most complete data sets in the country on student outcomes throughout the pandemic. This crucial data will help schools target areas in need of accelerated learning and recapture the growth Iowa students experienced prior to the pandemic.”
Iowa opted to offer a remote testing option for the ISASP this year to ensure all students had the opportunity to participate. Just over three percent of all students who took the ISASP did so remotely. Remote testers are included in the overall ISASP participation rate but their scores are not included in the statewide results because proctoring was not required in a remote setting.
State assessments play an important role in advancing educational equity, identifying student needs and targeting the resources to address them. This data exists because the vast majority of students in Iowa participated in in-person learning in some way during the school year, making teaching, learning and assessment of learning possible. Iowa had a 93 percent student participation rate for the early literacy screenings and a 98 percent participation rate for the ISASP, ensuring that the results yield a true picture. The ISASP participation rate includes both in-person and remote testers.
Iowa’s Postsecondary Readiness Reports website has also been updated with new data from Iowa’s public high school graduating class of The data show high school graduates enrolled in college in the fall at slightly lower rates than the graduating class before them. The most recent state-level summary report shows the class of had percent enrollment in postsecondary education, while the class of ’s enrollment rate was percent.
The Department of Education is focused on a single priority for all Iowa learners to be future ready and is aligning efforts with education partners to ensure all students experience the levels of achievement, growth and development they need for the next stage of their educational journey and beyond.
The spring K-3 early literacy screening and ISASP results can be found on the the Iowa Department of Education website at: https://educateiowa.gov/documents/assessments-proficiency-rate//08/early-literacy-and-springisasp-results. The Iowa Postsecondary Readiness Report website can be accessed at: https://reports.educateiowa.gov/postsecondaryreadiness.
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Student Assessment (PK–12)
Results of student assessments are used by all stakeholders to make program, staffing, professional development, instructional, financial, and personal decisions. They are an important component of both the Collecting/Analyzing Student data step and the Ongoing Data Collection step in the Iowa Professional Development Model. Statewide and district-wide summative assessments are mandated by Iowa Code (Chapter 12) and used for district accreditation and federal reporting, as defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation. Formative assessments are ongoing and are used to inform the instructional process and develop student learning goals.
|Summative Assessment||Formative Assessment|
Summative Assessments are assessments OF learning and are given at a point in time to measure and monitor student learning. They provide the feedback to educators, students, parents, and community members and are used to make adjustments in instructional programs, report student progress, identify and place students, and grade students.
Formative Assessment is assessment FOR learning. It is a process used by teachers and students as part of instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of core content. Formative assessment practices provide students with clear learning targets, examples and models of strong and weak work, regular descriptive feedback, and the ability to self-assess, track learning, and set goals. (Adapted from Council of Chief State School Officers, FAST SCASS)
Assessments and Accountability
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation requires that states annually assess all students on achievement of grade-level, state-adopted standards in reading, mathematics, and science. To meet the requirements of the legislation, Iowa school districts and buildings must report assessment results for all students in reading and mathematics in Grades 3–8 and one grade in high school. In science, student results are reported in one grade each for elementary, middle school, and high school. No more than 1% of students with significant cognitive disabilities must also be assessed in reading, mathematics, and science using an alternate assessment. Students identified as English language learners (ELL) are additionally assessed in Grades K–12 on achievement of state-adopted English language proficiency standards.
Required Student Assessments
State and Federally Required Assessments
The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) is the summative accountability assessment for all Iowa students that meets the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The test was developed by Iowa Testing Programs (ITP) at the University of Iowa as per the Iowa Legislature (HF ) and was first administered in the spring of The ISASP is aligned to the Iowa Core academic standards and accurately describes student achievement and growth.
Assessments will be administered in the following subjects and grade levels:
- Mathematics: Grades 3–11
- English-Language Arts, including reading and writing: Grades 3–11
- Science: Grades 5, 8, and 10
Visit the ISASP website for more information.
To meet federal requirements, Iowa uses Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) for alternate assessments and English Language Proficiency Assessments for the 21st Century (ELPA21) for English language proficiency.
To meet state mandates, Iowa uses Teaching Strategies' GOLD to assess preschool. To meet Early Literacy Implementation (ELI) requirements for Grades K–3, districts select from a Department-approved assessment list. Districts must use Early Literacy Alternate Assessment (ELAA) to meet ELI requirements when assessing students with significant cognitive disabilities.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests are administered periodically to a representative sample of students in Grades 4 and 8 nationwide in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. NAEP, known as the nation’s report card, is the only state-by-state comparison of student progress. Since the Fall , all states have been required to participate. See Iowa NAEP Results.
The State of Iowa Test Security Manual and the Statewide Assessment System Accessibility Manual should be followed by all assessment stakeholders in Iowa. See the latest manuals and supporting resources below:
Reporting of Testing Incidents
A test administrator/proctor who has witnessed a testing incident should contact the school administrator and district assessment coordinator. Testing incidents and accommodation errors are reported by district assessment coordinators through the Testing Incident Reporting application available through the Iowa Education Portal. District Assessment Coordinators need an account and access to the reporting application within the portal. If the coordinator needs access to the portal and/or the reporting application, contact the district’s portal security officer.
The state produces an Annual Condition of Education Report that provides statewide demographic, curriculum, staffing, financial, and achievement data to help districts and policymakers evaluate the state's educational system and ensure it is meeting the needs of students and communities.
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Iowa students' early literacy scores rebound, math scores dip after school year marred by COVID
Test results released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Education show reading scores are bouncing back from learning lost last year due to COVID, but that math scores have declined across the board.
The scores come from statewide early literacy screenings and the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress.
Ann Lebo, the director of the Iowa Department of Education, said in a statement the data would be essential to educators trying to gauge the learning students missed out on during the pandemic and getting them caught back up.
“Iowa schools worked hard this past spring to assess as many students as possible, even those who were learning remotely," Lebo said. "Thanks to their efforts, Iowa likely has one of the most complete data sets in the country on student outcomes throughout the pandemic."
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Early literacy test results among first-, second- and third-grade students all improved from fall to spring , reflecting a greater share of students in each grade scoring at or above benchmarks for their age. Proficiency rates in all three groups remain below their fall levels, though, and proficiency among kindergarteners has continued to decline.
Scores in the ISASP show mixed results in English Language Arts, ranging from a percentage point decline in proficiency among third-graders to a percentage point increase among sixth-graders. In a news release announcing the results, the department said the variance between grades is similar to that seen in past years.
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In mathematics, though, the ISASP showed proficiency declines for every grade level, the worst of which was a % fall for ninth-graders.
ISASP figures for different minority groups show similar results, with Black and Latino students showing mixed gains and losses in English proficiency but nearly unanimous declines in math.
The department also announced that % of high school graduates enrolled in some sort of postsecondary education last fall, a percentage point drop from The National Student Clearinghouse found a percentage point drop among students enrolling in postsecondary education enrollment last fall, nationwide.
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The pandemic presented major challenges for standardized testing regimes around the country, including for the many students studying remotely. The Biden administration in February declined to waive requiring schools to conduct federally mandated tests, as the government had the previous spring. Instead, they said states could delay, shorten or virtually administer tests.
In Iowa, about 3% of ISASP takers did so remotely, according to the state Department of Education. Those students are included in the state's overall participation rate — about 98%, the department said — but were excluded from the statewide results because remote testing did not offer the same level of proctoring as in-person testing.
William Morris covers courts for the Des Moines Register. He can be contacted at [email protected], or on Twitter at @DMRMorris.
Iowa Test Scores | Understand Your Childs Results
The ITBS and the Iowa Assessments are scored based on your child’s age as well as the current month and grade level when the test is administered.
Here are some of the scores you will see on your childs Iowa score report:
Standard Score (SS) or National Standard Score (NSS). The raw scores for each subtest are converted to Standard Scores that range from 80 to A Standard Score indicates each student’s placement along an achievement continuum. Students fall within one of three categories for each subject: Not Proficient (NP), Proficient (P) or Advanced (A). CLICK HERE to see a report on standards scores and interpreting proficiency on the Iowa Assessments and the ITBS. The expectation for proficiency has remained the same from the old ITBS to the new Iowa Assessments.
Grade Equivalent (GE) or National Grade Equivalent (NGE). Grade Equivalent scores represent what the average student in the indicated level might score on the ITBS. Scores range from K.0 to 13+, with the first letter or number indicating current grade (K = Kindergarten, 1 = 1st grade, etc.) and the following decimal indicating a particular month in that school year. Example: means the seventh month of 1st grade. The Grade Equivalent scores help administrators compare each child’s learning progress over time.
National Percentile Rank (NPR). Each student’s National Percentile Rank score is calculated by comparing test performance against others within the same age range and grade level. A score in the 90th percentile means your child scored better than 90% of students on the Iowa test. Percentile rankings range from ; the average rank in the U.S. is 50th percentile.
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Iowa Assessments Exam
The Iowa Assessments is a group-administered achievement test for grades K which measures a student’s knowledge in subject areas that students have learned in school – reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The Iowa Assessments were released in the school year and has replaced the Iowa Test of Basic Skills® (ITBS®) and Iowa Test of Educational Development®. The new exam format has been redesigned to better align the exam with the Iowa Common Core Standards. The test is also better aligned with other state standardized tests such as the Smarter Balanced Assessment exam.
The Iowa Assessments are used by school districts to assess a student’s college and career readiness. They are also becoming more prevalent as a component of determining whether a student will be admitted into a schools Talented and Gifted Program (TAG or GATE program).
Given that many schools rely solely on these test scores to place your child in the best programs, it would be highly beneficial to make sure that your child understands what each of the test areas is asking so that you could fix any issues before exam day.
Our full-length practice tests for the Iowa Assessments exam are in the same format as the actual exam. With our practice tests your child will become familiar with how the tests are formatted, the symbols used and the number of questions in each test area so that you can ensure they know what each test area is asking.
View our free Iowa Assessments Sample Questions
Describe the Iowa Assessments exam in more detail.
The Iowa Assessments exam is a group-administered aptitude test commonly given as an entrance exam into school's gifted programs.
To determine your child's aptitude, the Iowa Assessments exam assesses how your child does on things that are new to them. Therefore, the exam has many types of questions that your child would not have seen before. If your child understands the short set of directions that the administrator reads to your child prior to each section, they will probably do OK on the exam, but if they misunderstand the brief description, they can miss entire sections on the exam - due to a misunderstanding, not their intellect.
What are the benefits of a test preparation system?
Many schools rely solely on these test scores to place your child in the best programs. It is, therefore, highly beneficial to make sure that your child understands what each of the test areas is asking for ahead of time.
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Our full-length practice tests for the Iowa Assessments exam are in the same format as the actual exam. With our practice tests your child will become familiar with how the tests are formatted, the symbols used and the number of questions in each test area. This will insure that they know what each test area is asking.
What is the difference between the Iowa Assessments Iowa test of basic skills (ITBS)?
In the school year Houghton Mifflin Harcourt replaced the Iowa test of basic skills (ITBS) and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development with the newly designed Iowa Assessments.
The new design was implemented to more closely follow the Common Core State Standards. New research was also done on the Iowa Assessments to connect performance to the ACT exam. This will allow Iowa Assessments scores to determine if a student is on track to be ready for college.
If my child doesn’t know the answer should they guess?
The official guideline from the publisher is that students should not guess if they do not know the answer – that random guessing compromises the validity of the scores. However, the Iowa Assessments score is calculated based on the number of right answers and the student is not penalized for incorrect answers. As a parent looking for a high score, it is better for your child to answer all questions than leave an answer blank.
How is the Iowa Assessments test scored?
Scores on the Iowa Assessment can be compared with scores earned by a nationally representative sample of students who took the test (the norm group). The Iowa Assessment score that reflects this comparison is called a national percentile rank (NPR). If a student’s national percentile rank in Reading is 62, then the student scored as well as or higher on this subtest than 62% of his/her same-grade peers in the national norm group. The percentile ranks range from 1 to The national average in all subtests is 50%.
Other scores received from the Iowa Assessment may include:
- Scale scores (total score received for the subtest)
- Raw scores (number of questions the student answered correctly)
- Grade equivalent scores (number that describes the student’s location on an achievement continuum of grades and months, at which the typical student receives the scale score)
- Number attempted (the number of items the student answered)
Score reports generally contain a narrative that helps with understanding and/or interpreting the score results.
To begin preparing your child for success, click on the relevant grade level to view our selection of grade specific practice tests and materials.
Iowa Assessments score descriptions
Ability Profile (AP)
Summarizes information about the level and pattern of the student’s reasoning abilities and is linked to suggestions for teaching strategies located at www.cogat.com
Age Percentile Rank (APR)
A percentile rank indicating the status or relative rank of a student’s score compared with a nationally representative sample of CogATexaminees of a similar age
Age Stanine (AS)
A stanine indicating the status or relative rank of a student’s score compared with a nationally representative sample of CogAT examinees of a similar age
Average Percent Correct
The result of dividing the average raw score for the group by the total number of test questions, multiplying by , and then rounding to a whole number; class averages like these need to be interpreted as if they were the scores for the average student in the class
Indicators of a student’s readiness for college determined by mapping the student’s scores on the Iowa Assessments to readiness targets defined by the ACT® Benchmarks; can be reported for students taking Levels 12–17/18 of the Iowa Assessments
Estimated Iowa Assessments Standard Score (eSS)
A score range (upper and lower) derived from aligning the scale score (iSS-T) from the Interim Assessments ELA and Math test to the Standard Score (SS) of a student for an Iowa Assessments ELA Total or an Iowa Assessments Math score, respectively
Grade Equivalent (GE)
A decimal number that describes a student’s location on an achievement continuum in terms of grade and months at which the typical student received this score (for example, is second grade and two months into that grade)
Grade Equivalent, Norms (11GE)
Alternative grade-equivalent score based on norms. Score is offered in conjunction with norms-based score.
Grade Equivalent/Predicted Grade Equivalent Difference (GEDIFF)
The difference between the actual observed Iowa Assessments grade equivalent and the predicted grade equivalent (GE – PGE)
Grade Percentile Rank (GPR)
A percentile rank indicating the status or relative rank of a student’s score compared with a nationally representative sample of CogAT examinees of a similar grade
Grade Stanine (GS)
A stanine indicating the status or relative rank of a student’s score compared with a nationally representative sample of CogAT examinees of a similar grade
High Socioeconomic Status Percentile Rank
A score obtained from a reading assessment test that can help match a student with reading material of an appropriate difficulty level; it also gives an idea of how well a reader will comprehend a text.
Local Percentile Rank (LPR)
Percentile rank based on the district’s or school’s own data as opposed to the national-based normative information
Local Stanine (LS)
A stanine based on the district's or school’s own data as opposed to the normative information based on a national sample
Low Socioeconomic Status Percentile Rank
National Percent Correct for Skills (Percent Correct for the Nation)
The percentage of test questions students in the national norming sample answered correctly for a particular skill (Avg % Correct Nation)
National Percentile Rank (NPR)
A percentile rank indicating the status or relative rank of a student's score compared with a nationally representative sample of examinees
National Percentile Rank, Norms (11NPR)
Alternative national percentile rank score based on norms (Score is offered in conjunction with norms-based scores.)
National Percentile Rank/Predicted National Percentile Rank Difference (NPRDIFF)
The difference between the actual observed Iowa Assessments national percentile rank and the predicted national percentile rank (NPR – PNPR)
National Stanine (NS)
A stanine indicating the status or relative rank of a student’s score compared with a nationally representative sample of examinees
National Stanine, Norms (11NS)
Alternative national stanine score based on norms (Score is offered in conjunction with norms-based scores.)
Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE)
Normalized standard scores that range from 1 to 99 with a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of in the large norm group from which they were derived
Number Attempted (No. Att)
The number of items an individual attempts to answer on a test
Percent Correct for Skills (Percent Correct for System or Student, Avg. % Correct)
The percentage of test questions the student answered correctly for a particular skill (% Correct)
Percent Correct (%C)
The result of dividing the number of questions a student answered correctly on a test by the total number of test questions and then multiplying by
Percentile Rank of Average SS, School Norms (SCHPR)
Norms based on weighted frequency distributions of school averages
Percentile Rank (PR)
A score from 1 to 99 that indicates the percentage of students in a particular group that scored at or below the score of the student
A score range within which a student’s ACT Composite, SAT Critical Reading, and SAT Math scores can be expected to fall based on the student’s performance on the Iowa Assessments
Predicted Grade Equivalent (PGE)
The grade equivalent score that the student can be expected to receive on the Iowa Assessments based on his or her performance on CogAT
Predicted National Percentile Rank (PNPR)
The national percentile rank that the student can be expected to receive on the Iowa Assessments based on his or her performance on CogAT
Predicted Standard Score (PSS)
The standard score that the student can be expected to receive on the Iowa Assessments based on his or her performance on CogAT
Private/Catholic Percentile Rank (PRIVPR)
National percentile rank score based on students in Catholic and other private schools in the national norm sample
A score obtained from the Iowa Assessments Mathematics test that enables a teacher to determine the mathematics skills a student is ready for and which ones require further instruction.
One of three points (defined as low, middle, or upper) which divide the scores in a distribution into four equal groups, each containing 25% of the data
Raw Score (RS)
The number of questions a student answered correctly on a test
Standard Age Score (SAS)
A normalized standard score, having a mean of and a standard deviation of 16, provided for each battery and composite on CogAT
Standard Score (SS)
A number that describes a student’s location on an achievement continuum with the scale based on theIowa Assessments test subjects' growth model
Standard Score, Norms (11SS)
Alternative developmental standard score based on norms (Score is offered in conjunction with norms-based scores.)
Standard Score/ Predicted Standard Score Difference (SSDIFF)
The difference between the actual observed Iowa Assessments standard score and the predicted SS(that is, SS – PSS)
Normalized standard scores that range from 1 to 9 and have an average value of 5
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