What Testing with Iowa Assessments Can Do for Your Schools and Your Students
The Iowa Assessments have been designed, developed, and researched to support a variety of important educational purposes. These purposes require the collection and use of information that describes either the individual student or groups of students.
Identifying the testing purposes that are most important to your school or district will provide focus and help you determine how best to interpret test results. The following examples of appropriate uses of results from the Iowa Assessments show how the tests can support a broad range of educational decisions.
Identify strengths and weaknesses: Make relative comparisons by content area of student performance for both groups and individuals.
Inform instruction: Make student-centric decisions about personalized instruction.
Monitor growth: Measure change in student performance over time, both at the group and individual level, with a valid and reliable scale.
Determine college readiness: Compare student achievement levels to established benchmarks, tracking academic preparedness.
Measure mastery of core standards: Determine the degree to which students have mastered core learning standards, such as Common Core State Standards.
Implement Response to Intervention (RTI): Identify students who may benefit from intensive, systematic learning interventions.
Inform placement decisions: Place students in appropriate groups, levels, and programs.
Make comparisons: Compare student performance to that of local, state, and national groups according to research-based evidence.
Evaluate programs: Guide administrative evaluation of the effectiveness of instructional programs, professional development, and curriculum.
Predict future performance: Apply current assessment results to project student performance on future assessments and adjust programs accordingly.
Support accountability: Provide reliable and valid data to support district and state reporting requirements.