ITBS vs. TCAP Test Comparisons

ITBS vs. TCAP Test Comparisons


As explained by the Archdiocese of Denver Office of Catholic Schools:

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Denver are an investment in the future of our children and our Catholic faith.  Unsurpassed academic achievement, along with the reinforcement of Catholic faith and formation, provides a solid foundation for personal success.


Furthermore, in their analysis and comparison of test scores, the Archdiocese of Denver Office of Catholic Schools states:

Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and Transitional Colorado Assessment Program

(TCAP) scores are not directly comparable because they are not the same kind of test, TCAP being criterion referenced and ITBS being norm referenced. However, both measure proficiency of student learning at each grade level. So, the following[link below] is a general comparison of student proficiency in Math and Reading. ITBS measures Language mechanics; TCAP measures Writing ability. Those two scores have been compared. In 5th Grade and 8th Grade, TCAP tests are given in Science. These are compared as well.


Click on the link below to view specific evidence of academic excellence as promised by Archdiocesan Catholic Schools.


TCAP Comparison 2012


Thus, as the test score comparisons show, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese provide students with a rigorous academic curriculum.  St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School is proud to be a part of this successful mission. 


The document provided by following the link above shows specific statistics comparing scores earned by the schools of the Archdiocese of Denver and those of Denver Public Schools, as well as Colorado schools for the 2011-2012 school year.  In summary, Archdiocesan schools exceed Denver Public Schools and Colorado Schools both at the advanced and passing levels in the content areas of Reading, Language, and Science at all grade levels tested. Furthermore, math scores of Archdiocesan schools of “proficient” and “passing” exceed those of Denver Public Schools at all grade levels.  Archdiocesan school are slightly behind Colorado schools in “passing” in one grade level only by a 1.7% margin, and at the level of proficiency in math in 4th through 8th grade by margins ranging from 3% to 7.1%.  Always, striving for excellence, we take these results, study them, and identify ways to continually strengthen the already solid foundation of academic excellence found in our Catholic Schools.