SKDS Test Scores
Standardized Testing Program
gives its students the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills/Cognitive Abilities
Test; this is an Archdiocesan requirement for students in our Catholic
Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide
standards. These assessments measure achievement in several important
content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics,
Science, and Social Studies. The exact tests that your child
participated in depended on his or her grade level.
Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a studentís strengths and
areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments
also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed
from year to year. The assessments produce information that enables
sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate
students continue to achieve. They continue to make gains from one year
to the next. It is also important to remember that these tests present
a picture of the student for one moment in time. While these tests are
very important, they do not provide the entire portrait of what a
student is capable of doing nor do they present the entire depiction of
a studentís educational competency. During the assessment timeframe, a
child may have been tired, may not have felt well, or may have been
distracted. If all aspects in a childís educational situation indicate
struggle (classwork and projects, teacher observation, child lack of
interest or school issues, teacher assessment, etc. in addition to the
standardized tests), then there is reason for concern.
know that we have more average and struggling students in our school
population as well as students who are satisfied with mediocrity.
Additionally, we know that some students are not test takers. They
become very nervous when they have to concentrate on taking standardized
tests for several days at a time even though we give breaks, offer
encouragement and aim to provide an atmosphere that has a minimum of
stress. Assessment, though, is a fact of life. We assess all students
in grades 1 through 8.