One measure of academic progress is a child’s participation in standardized testing, an assessment that is administered and scored across the nation in a consistent manner. OLPH School uses data received from standardized tests to assist educators with curricular, instructional and program decisions, and to develop professional development opportunities for teachers and potential interventions for students. They are valid and reliable means to measure individual and overall student performance at a particular point in time.
The IOWA Assessments are given to all students in grades 2 through 8 every Spring. The assessments measure student performance in reading, language arts, mathematics, and in grades 3, 5, 7, & 8 also science and social studies. All of the items on the IOWA evaluate either Basic Understanding or Thinking Skills, using national norms. This means that students’ scores are compared to the scores of all students nationally who took the same exam. The national average is the 50th percentile.