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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 16, 1973, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Seek to unravel test score puzzles by Judy Daubenmier to find out How much your child weighs you place him on a scale. To find out How tall he is you use a yardstick. To find out How Well your child is doing in certain areas of school you use tost results such As those from the Iowa tests of Basic skills. A i 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 rapids Community school administrator put it a understanding testing scores is like fog. You can see it you know its there but you just can to grab hold of to help Cedar rapids Community school Board members better understand How test scores Are 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 he avoided when interpreting test scores and attempting to compare test scores of different children classes schools and districts. The its Are Given by the school District in september to students in grades three through nine the multiple Choice exams Feist students abilities in the areas of vocabulary Reading comprehension language arte work study skills and mathematics. The child s score can also be expressed As a percentile. A Acorn of 67 in Reading for a third grader Means the child did better than 67 percent of the pupils in Iowa who took the Reading test. The child a score can also be expressed As a Grade equivalent score. A Grade equivalent of 3.5 in the Reading test Means the child performed like the average child in Iowa in the third Grade fifth month. The test scores Are intended to pinpoint a child a weaknesses for the teacher and parents. Or. Hatch cautioned that one students score can to be judged As absolutely accurate but should be used to indicate a a a Range in which the students skill level lies. The Standard error of measurement is due to various factors affecting a students performance How Well he 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 after taking them for seven years. The larger the number of students taking the test the smaller the Standard error of measurement because students who did no to 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 a item analysis to further pinpoint areas where the child has. Trouble a computer printout lists each test question by number notes whether the child a response was Correct or incorrect gives the level of difficulty of the question Ami then lists a code for the particular skill being tested by that question. By looking at the printout the teacher can determine whether the child had difficulty with addition subtraction multiplication or division of whole numbers fractions currency problems Decimals percents Etc. Students who Are poor readers May be unfairly handicapped in the test realizing that students who cannot read the test will not be Able to answer the questions out of level testing is permitted. Say merry Christmas a Beautiful Way. With fresh Flowers Pierson . My twi to Horist How whom 344 uti Imo uis la to my a student who scored two years below his level the last time the test was taken is allowed to take the test at the Grade level below his. The student must get More questions right on the lower level test than he would need to on his Normal level in order to get the same score. Because the student is taking the 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. The districts curriculum May emphasize Reading com prehension one year and spelling May not get As much attention 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 districts curriculum or certain math skills May be tested in the its in third Grade but taught in fourth Grade 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 Are 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 teachers of the children the teachers class Load and How Well teachers of various subjects Are coordinated. Simply comparing Cedar rapids Community school District average scores with those of other districts is not entirely accurate. The differences in population and student ability must be taken into account. Cedar rapids would compare very favourably with the to Ven largest school districts in the state according to these test results. But Des Moines int like Cedar rapids and Cedar rapids Isnit like Waterloo. Tile populations Judy Daubenmier Arentt like a a supt. Craig Currie explained. A we also have differences Between schools within the school District a or. Hatch stressed the scores Are not used to judge teacher performance. A teaching performance cannot be measured by these standardized test scores because there Are Many Many things Iii everyday classroom interaction that Are not covered in these tests on Basic skills. A one teacher May be especially Good at helping children solve internal problems or at helping them interact with each other a a she said. Or. Guerin Thompson executive director of curriculum and instruction said the test scores often stimulate the teachers to find better ways of teaching particular skills. The District allows teachers to take the initiative in this area rather than promote a a raise the test score or else attitude he said. He said the scores May also bt1 used by curriculum personnel As a partial tool for Oval one size fits All. Flowers and plants Are perfect for tall people Short people Chubby people and 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 w Hen you visit friends. Call user Stop by. Well come up with something that fits everything. Including your budget. Flowers and plants. They re a natural for can inst Mas. Visit your professional Florist and establish a convenient charge account. 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But the its cannot measure a students ability to think and investigate on his own and other goals of education he said. The District thus year is working on finding better ways of reporting test score to parents. Emphasis is on avoiding making the test scores a a failure experience for Low level students. Or. Boss said teachers and Counselor Are attempting to emphasize what the student needs to learn and what the student is already Good at. A each of us has got to realize we re not Good Al every thing a a one administrator said and the test scores can help a student s aspirations get in tune with his abilities. Although the tests May lie a frightening experience f o r Many students the scores when used properly can by an invaluable Aid in spotting problems and improving curriculum Midland Mich. 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