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Mason City Schools administering “Iowa Assessments” tests this week


This news story was published on April 4, 2012.
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MASON CITY – The Mason City School District is administering “Iowa Assessments” this week.

The tests were formerly known as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.

“These tests are one of the components that the district uses in determining and reporting student achievement,” the district explained on its website.

The Iowa Department of Education says the tests include both formative and summative assessments.

“The results of the 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 On-going Data Collection step in the Iowa Professional Development Model.”

The tests are required by law, defined in the “No Child Left Behind” legislation.

“State-wide and district-wide summative assessments are mandated by Iowa Code (Chapter 12) and used for district accreditation and federal reporting,” the Iowa Department of Education said.

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4 Responses to Mason City Schools administering “Iowa Assessments” tests this week

  1. CONFUSED Reply Report comment

    April 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    And dope!!!!

  2. Taxed Reply Report comment

    April 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Seems they should invest in “Breathalyzer Tests” how many of their teachers have been arrested for OWI this year??

  3. confused Reply Report comment

    April 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Think I am kidding, just go to;

    iowalive.net

    See how your school district stacks up. Mason City is 12th from the bottom for honest reporting, that should tell you all you need to know

  4. confused Reply Report comment

    April 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Since 1976 Iowa has:

    -spent 10 billion dollars more
    -153 thousand less kids
    -10 thousand more teachers
    -dumb down these tests 4 times
    -seen a drop in test scores by 40%

    Lets keep pumping money into these rat holes. In fact, lets make the schools even larger, oh yes, Mason City already is.