A standardized test is an assessment administered and scored in a consistent manner. The tests are designed so questions, conditions for administering, scoring procedures, and interpretations are consistent and handled in a predetermined, standard manner. Data received from standardized tests assist educators with curricular, instructional and program decisions. These data also assist the school and Archdiocese of Baltimore in developing 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. Scores on the IOWA are calculated 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.