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Cedar Rapids Gazette Newspaper Archives Dec 16 1973, Page 4

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 16, 1973, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2a Tell Celiat a pics calf let Sun., l co Ali 1978 week to unravel test score puzzles by Judy Dayib Conmier to find out How much your child weighs you place him on a scale. To find out How t a l l he is you use a yardstick. To find out How Well your child is doing in certain areas of school you use test results such As i Hose from the Iowa tests of Basic skills. Most parents can easily read Scales and yardsticks. Understanding the Correct use of its scores is complicated for the educator let alone the Layperson. As one Cedar in kids com Muni to school administrator put it understanding testing scores is like fog. You can Sec i you know it s there but you just can t grab hold of to Licup Cedar rapids Community school Board members better understand How test scores arc used in this District. Or. George Ross and or. Elizabeth Hatch of the research and evaluation division presented a work session last week for Board members. They outlined Pitfalls to be avoided when interpreting test scores and attempting to com pare test scores of different children classes schools and districts. The its arc Given by the school District in september to s t u d e n t s in grades three through nine. The multiple Choice exams test students abilities in the areas of vocabulary Reading comprehension l a n g u a g e arts work study skills and mathematics. The child s score can also be expressed As a percentile. A score of 67 in Reading for a third grader Means the child dir1 letter than 67 percent of Oil pupils in Iowa who took the Reading test. The child s score can also be expressed As a Grade equivalent score. A Grade equivalent of 3.5 in the read ing test Means the child per formed like the average child in Iowa in the third Grade f i f t h month. The lest scores arc intended to pinpoint a child s weak Nesses for the teacher and parents. Or. Hatch cautioned that one student s score can t be judged As absolutely accurate but should be used to indicate a Range in which the Stu Dent s skill level lies. This Standard error of measurement is due to various factors affecting a student s performance How Well lie feels that Day whether he remembered to bring his glasses to school the lighting and noise level in the room. Students in ninth Grade especially May be poorly motivated by the tests and not approach them with the same enthusiasm alter taking them for seven years. The larger the number of students taking the test the smaller the Standard error of measurement because Stu dents who did t feel Well Are balanced out by those who Felt exceptionally Well and so on. In addition to the score in each area the teacher can also use item analysis to fur ther pinpoint areas where the child has trouble. A computer printout lists each test question by number notes whether the child s response was Correct or incorrect gives the level of Dif f icel to of the question and then lists a code for the particular skill being tested by that question. Liy looking at the printout t i i e teacher can determine whether the child had Dif f i c u l t y with addition Suh trac Ion multiplication or division of whole numbers fractions currency problems Decimals Wjk i cedi is Etc. Stich Nijs who arc poor readers May he u n f a i r l y handicapped in the lest. Realizing i h a t students who cannot read the lest i l l not be Able to answer the questions Oul of level testing is permitted. A student who scored two years below his level the last Limo the test was taken is allowed to take the test at lie Grade level below his. The student must gel More questions right on the lower level test than lie would need to on his Normal level in order to gel the same score. Because the student is Tak ing Trio test on a lower level he can read the questions and his skills can be measured officials feel. According to or. Hatch giving the test in september gives teachers time to work on the skills which the child needs to improve. She emphasized the District does not stress the tests and Drill the students in preparation for them. T h c District s curriculum May emphasize Reading com prehension one year and spell ing May not get As much at Tention because of the emphasis on Reading. If spelling scores for those students Are lower the next year the emphasis on Reading May be the reason. Spelling May be emphasized in another year of the District s curriculum. Or. Certain math skills May be tested in the its in third Grade but taught in fourth g r a d e in Cedar rapids schools. Or. Hatch said ideally the District likes to maintain an average growth of one Grade level each year. The growth each year May not be exactly one Grade level but Over the seven years children take the tests the District averages nearly a one Grade level yearly growth. The makeup of the school s population can influence test scores. Students from families of Low socioeconomic classes from Homes where Reading materials arc not available or where Success at school is not encouraged or expected often cannot do Well in school regardless of the efforts of teachers and Counselor. The level of intelligence of the pupils in the class must be considered As Well As instructional materials available to the teachers previous teach ers of the children the teacher s class Load and Tiow Well teachers of various subjects Are coordinated. Simply comparing Cedar rapids Community school District average scores with those of other districts a entirely accurate. To a differences in population and student ability must be taken into account. Cedar rapids would com pare very favourably with the seven largest school districts in the slate according to Icse test results. But pcs m o i n e s in t like Cedar rapids and Ger tar rapids in t like Waterloo. The populations soy merry Christmas a Beautiful w a y. W i t h fresh rowers Pierso . pho�3 he Judy Daubenmier Aren t like sup. Craig cur Rie explained. We also have differences Between schools within the school or. Hatch stressed the scores Are not used to judge teacher performance. Teaching performance cannot be measure by these standardized test scores be cause there Are Many Many things in everyday classroom interaction that Are not covered by these tests on Basic skills one teacher May be especially Good at helping children solve internal problems or at helping them interact with each Oiler she said. Or. Gucrin Thompson exec u t Ive director of curriculum and instruction said the test scores often stimulate the teachers to find belter ways of teaching particular skills. The District allows teachers to take the initiative in this area rather than promote a raise the test score or close at t i tude he said. Lie said tie scores May also be used by curriculum person Nel As a Par t a l tool for Eval f Lowers and plants arc perfect for tall people Short people Chubby people Anil thin people. They fit every name on your list. Including that extra special one. They also fit All situations a fresh Christmas decoration in your own Home. A spot of cheer to bring when you visit friends. Call user Stop by. Well come up with something t h a t f i t s everything. Inc Lud ing your budget. _ Flowers and plants. They re a natural for Christmas. Visit your professional Florist and establish a convenient charge account. Peck s been tit limb 5003 Center Pard. He 353-5565 Blair s Flower shop 3317th ave Marion 377-9239 Flowers by Prestidge 3415 my Vernon re. Be. 355-7334 Novotny Flowers . 1, Ceto rapids 365-1757 Toman Florist & gift shop 615 Center Point id. 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Uoss said teachers and Counselor arc attempting to emphasize what the student needs to learn and what the student is already Good at. Eiichi of us Lias got to real ize we re not Good at every t lil n gone administrator sold Siul the test scores can help a student s aspirations get in tune with his abilities. Al though the a Sis May be a frightening experience f o r Many students the scores when used properly can be an invaluable Aid in spotting problems and improving curriculum. Often robbed drops watchdog for Wolf Midland Mich. A l l in said lie Lias a Wolf to guard a molars would be Wise to take his shop which is been hit by n e i l Wackerle s motorcycle i burglars six times this year. Shop off Ribeir l is to of Nice places Wack Orlo said he bought the burgle w u l l. Born in Cap t in i t Yjord 15. 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