Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) scores were recently released all over the state and with it being the first year of the new testing, many school districts didn’t know what to expect.
This experimental year garnered sub-par results for the Charles City community school district:
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Every grade level performed below average in each subject. Highlighted scores in the table pinpoint the areas that displayed a 20% or higher deficit from the state average.
Communications Director Justin DeVore argues the test is not a proven indicator of future success for the students, and adds it doesn’t even test for what employers are truly hungry for.
According to DeVore, these types of tests are amazing at assessing two things: Parent income levels and parent education. Knowing that, it could even be the key to closing the gap.
Even with the polarizing results, Superintendent Mike Fisher and DeVore believe it to be counter-productive to spend 9 months of the year preparing for one test – and for that reason, they do not plan on skewing their curriculum to accommodate the ISASPS specific style of assessing.
Osage and Riceville Superintendent Barb Schwamman says the scores should be taken lightly – especially because this is the first year of testing. But, in comparison, is planning to shift academic requirements in order to shoot for a higher score.
DeVore, after dissecting the test with community members, is now under the impression that much of the test is challenging students in areas that aren’t beneficial for real-world stakes.