Getting Ready For The ITBS: A Parent`s Guide To Testing

October 16, 2013
8:30 a.m.
Bethune Cafeteria
Tenika Booth
Parent Liaison
Sponsored by Title I
Getting Ready
For The ITBS:
A Parent’s
Guide To
Test Taking
 Types
of Test
 How Are Test Scored?
 What Test DON’T Measure
 Ask Your Child’s Teacher…….
 How You Can Help at Home…..
Types of Test
 Aptitude
Measure general
knowledge rather
than knowledge in
a specific subject
 Achievement
Measure specific
knowledge and
skills in a particular
content area such
as science, math,
English, and social
Iowa Test of Basic
How Test Are Scored
All tests are scored in two ways:
The technique shows a students results to a “norm”
group of students at the same grade level.
Example: if your child scored in the 38th percentile on her
reading test, she would be ranked 38th out of a national
norm of 100 students.
The ITBS is a norm referencing test
This technique shows a students results in comparison to
a benchmark or set standard of acceptable
What Standardized Test DON’T
It is important to remember that there are
other indicators of a child’s knowledge and
skill level.
Tests do not measure school quality, these test
are successful at differentiation—giving
parents accurate information about how their
child is performing in comparison to his or her
Overall Student Performance
Standardized test are NOT designed to be the
single determinant of a student’s achievement
and knowledge.
Ask Your Child’s Teacher….
How does the school use the data from the test?
What other forms of assessment are used in the classroom?
How does the test content relate to the curriculum being
What do you do to prepare children for the test?
How much time is given to topics not on standardized
What can I do at home to help my child prepare?
Ask if the test is short-answer, multiple choice, essay or a
combination of the three.
Will the student be penalized for incorrect answers or
should they guess randomly when a question is
If my child performs poorly, can he take the test again?
How You Can Help at
Teachers tell us that successful test takers are
students with good attendance, completed
homework, and study habits.
Your daily assistance with homework and attitude
toward school have the biggest impact on your
child’s performance.
Teachers tell us that students who struggle the
most on testing days are the ones who didn’t have
enough sleep or a good breakfast the day of the
Student mentally and physically unprepared often
encounter problems.
How You Can Help at
 Set
a study schedule
 Designate a study space
 Ask your child what she thinks is on the
 Remember test taking basics
Read the question all the way through
Answer the questions she knows well, then
return to the questions she’s unsure of later.
Let’s Review…..
 Types
of Test
 How tests are scored
 What Standardized Tests DON’T Measure
 Ask Your Child’s Teacher……
 How You Can Help at Home….