Iowa Assessment Testing Results


There has been a longstanding tradition of academic excellence at St. Vincent de Paul and that tradition continues with our recent results on the Iowa Assessment (IA)!  While no single assessment method can fully reflect the entire school program, the Iowa Assessment can help identify areas of relative strength in student academic growth and achievement.  Student performance on assessments like the Iowa Assessment is related to the curriculum, the strength of the instructional program, teacher effectiveness, and positive parental support. 


Additionally, at St. Vincent de Paul School we seek to ensure that our students are not only displaying strong academic achievement, but that students are also continually growing in their knowledge – at whatever level they work.  The chart below illustrates both the grade equivalents for the 2014 - 2015 school year, as well as the amount of growth (in years) each grade of the students had on average from February 2014 to February 2015.


The grade equivalent is a number that describes a student's location on an achievement continuum. The continuum is a number line that describes the lowest level of knowledge or skill on one end (lowest numbers) and the highest level of development on the other end (highest numbers). The GE is a decimal number that describes performance in terms of grade level and months. For example, if a sixth-grade student obtains a GE of 8.4 on the Vocabulary test, his score is like the one a typical student finishing the fourth month of eighth grade would likely get on the Vocabulary test. The GE of a given raw score on any test indicates the grade level at which the typical student makes this raw score. The digits to the left of the decimal point represent the grade and those to the right represent the month within that grade.


Grade equivalents are particularly suited to estimating a student's developmental status or year-to-year growth. They are particularly ill-suited to identifying a student's standing within a group or to diagnosing areas of relative strength and weakness.


To read more about interpreting these test scores, please use the following links: 

Iowa Assessments - Interpreting Results 

About the Iowa Assessments (main IA Information Page)


Iowa Assessment Scores


Feb. 2015 Scores Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies Complete Composite Overall Growth From Previous School Year to Current Year
Grade 2 3.5 3.5 3.9 3.8 3.6 n/a (test not taken in 1st Grade)
Grade 3 4.7 3.8 4.6 4.1 4.3 .8 of a year
Grade 4 6.9 5.3 6.7 6 6.3 1.8 years
Grade 5 7.6 6 7.4 7.1 6.9 1.0 years
Grade 6 10.1 8.8 10 8.9 9.5 1.9 years
Grade 7 12.4 9.9 9.7 11.5 11.1 2.4 years
Grade 8 13+ 13+ 13+ 13+ 13+ unavailable because maximum score reached in 8th Grade


Scores by subject area include the following:
Language Arts Total:  includes Reading, Language, Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Listening totals
Math:  includes Mathematics and Computation
Complete Composite:  includes Lang Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies totals