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Local ITBS scores on the rise

"The results of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) are in and they spell good news for the Central Kitsap School District.Local elementary students scored well above the national average, and district analysis shows that students in the district longest performed the best.The ITBS, taken by students in second, third and sixth grades, is used along with the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) to determine areas in which schools need improvement. Results also help teachers identify individual students' strengths and weaknesses.The ITBS is authored by the same publisher (as WASL), so there are similarities, said Linda Elman, director of research and evaluation for CKSD. The difference is the basic skills element. The ITBS is all multiple choice so kids don't author their own responses - they just select a response. CKSD students shone especially brightly in mathematics. Third graders ranked in the 69th percentile nationally. Second graders were in the 67th percentile and sixth graders the 62nd percentile. Cougar Valley, Pine Crest and Silver Ridge students came in well above the district average in math, with scores of 78, 76 and 75, respectively.Students showed most need for improvement in language, specifically in editing skills, according to Elman. Second graders didn't take this section of the test, but third graders scored in the 55th percentile and sixth graders in the 57th percentile.The editing part of the language test required students to identify errors in a paragraph. Elman said students showed in capitalization.Second graders' scores improved and scores for students in third and sixth grades remained steady.In reading, second graders were in the 65th percentile, third graders the 58th and sixth graders the 56th.Elman said she found patterns in ITBS and WASL results.In the third and fourth grades, students who met the reading standard (in WASL) typically scored around the 69th percentile in the ITBS, she said. Elman added that students who met the WASL math standard typically scored around the 90th percentile on the ITBS.Steve Chappuis, CKSD's assistant superintendent of curriculum, pointed out that there were also differences in the results.In keeping with the district's philosophy of drawing from multiple measures, we found that those same groups who scored better in WASL are down (in ITBS), he said. "

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