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Iowa Assessments 2012. “My Pencil”. Purposes of Testing. Students: Identify Strengths and Weaknesses Monitor Growth Determine College Readiness Compare Performance to Local and National Groups Teachers:

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iowa assessments 2012

Iowa Assessments 2012

“My Pencil”

purposes of testing
Purposes of Testing


  • Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Monitor Growth
  • Determine College Readiness
  • Compare Performance to Local and National Groups


  • Inform Instruction and Intervention
  • Monitor Growth
  • Measure Mastery of Core Standards
  • Evaluate Programs
test taking tips
Test Taking Tips
  • Know the test rules
  • Review the design and layout
  • Become familiar with the answer sheet format-keep track of where you are at on the answer sheet
  • Time
  • Listen to the directions carefully when the teacher reads them aloud
  • Read the questions first
  • Think about the topic and what you already know, then concentrate on what more the passage is telling you, really watch the 1st and last paragraphs
  • Reread if needed
  • Watch out for “distractor” answers
  • Use extra time to check over test, check answer sheet, review any questions
test descriptions
Test Descriptions


  • Administered in 2 parts
  • Includes both literary and informational passages
  • Questions focus on identifying, interpreting, analyzing, and extending information in passages
  • 30 minutes and 30 minutes
test descriptions1
Test Descriptions


  • Administered in 2 parts
  • Questions are drawn from the areas of number sense and operations, algebraic patterns and connections, data analysis, probability, geometry, and measurement
  • 30 minutes and 30 minutes
test descriptions2
Test Descriptions


  • Questions emphasize the methods and process used in scientific inquiry, as well as knowledge in the areas of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
  • 35 minutes
the circle maker
The Circle Maker

“In standardized math tests, Japanese children consistently score higher than their American counterparts. Researchers have discovered that it may have more to do with effort than ability. Researchers wanted to see how long they would try before giving up.”

American children---9.47 minutes

Japanese children---13.93 minutes

The Japanese children tried about 40% longer!

Researchers concluded that the difference in scores

had more to do with persistence than intelligence.

The Japanese children simply tried harder!

beat the test don t give up
BEAT the TEST…Don’t Give Up!