New Assessment for Students This Spring
In 1935, the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills were developed and used for the first time. Throughout the years, there have been some updates and modifications, but the tests, in general, did not change drastically. All of that came to an end last year and for the first time in almost 85 years, students will be taking a brand new assessment this year!
Our new assessment is called the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) and will be given to all 3rd through 11th graders in the state of Iowa. Another change is that schools can no longer choose to give the tests in the fall or winter of the year. All tests are legislatively mandated to be given in the final quarter of the school year, somewhere from the beginning of March to the end of May. In Greene County, we will be giving the assessment during the month of April. The middle school will test between April 8 and April 12; the elementary will be between April 15 and 19; and the high school will be between April 22 and 26.
For the first time in Iowa, students will also take a writing assessment as a part of the testing. Students in grades 3-11 will take assessments in reading, writing and math. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will also take a science assessment. The assessments will be taken on the computer, so there is no need for a #2 pencil. Because this is the first year we are giving these, the data from them will not come back to us until next fall, but we will be utilizing other resources to allow us to adapt our instruction to help all students. If you have any questions about the new test, contact the district Director of Teaching and Learning, Karen Sandberg, at the elementary at 515-386-3178.