Arkansas’ first- and second-graders dipped on the 2017 Iowa Assessments as pupils in those grades did in 2016, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Education.
Composite results for math and English/language arts at both grades dropped by as many as 3 points in 2017 on the nationally normed tests, which compare Arkansas pupils with a national sample of pupils who took the same exams.
Arkansas first-graders had a math and English/language arts composite score at the 48th percentile this year, down from the 50th percentile — the national average — in 2016.
Second-graders achieved at the 53rd percentile in math and English/language arts this year, down from the 56th percentile composite score the year before on the exam previously known as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.
The Arkansas Department of Education’s posting on its website of the 2017 Iowa results marks the beginning of the annual test reporting season for the state’s more than 250 school districts and charter schools, and 475,000 public school students.
The more voluminous results from the ACT Aspire tests — given in grades three through 10 — in English, math and science will be posted in the coming days, Hope Allen, the Education Department’s director of assessment, said Thursday.
More than 36,000 Arkansas first- and second-graders took the Iowa tests this past spring.
It was the last time the state administered the Iowa Assessments, the results from which are used to identify the academic needs of individual children as well as find gaps in curriculum and classroom…
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