St. Stephen’s scores well on national skills tests |

St. Stephen’s scores well on national skills tests

John Stroud
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – St. Stephen’s Catholic School is above average compared to the rest of the nation’s students taking the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills assessments.

The Iowa Tests, which are a common private school equivalent to the required standardized assessments in the public schools, are given to grades 2 through 8 for one week in February each school year, according to St. Stephen’s Principal Tom Alby.

Every class tested in the 160-student, K-8 school had composite scores at least one grade level above the national average.

Four grade levels scored at least two grades above the national average, and several individual students tested between four and six grades above their grade level, Alby said.

He said he was particularly pleased with the eighth-grade class results, which, although a small class at only 12 students this year, indicate they are well prepared to enter high school.

“We have had kids join our school in the past few years who were one or two grades below the national norm coming in,” Alby said. “It’s really exciting that, as eighth-graders leaving the school, they are part of a class with a composite score in the 10th-grade level. It’s a tribute to the students and the teachers.”

And the first age group tested, second grade, had a composite score equivalent to six months into the third grade year, he said.

The tests cover the primary academic areas of learning, including math comprehension, language arts (reading and writing) and science.

“High test scores don’t mean it’s time to stop working,” Alby told parents in a letter home explaining the results. “Do not let up on encouraging them and expecting them to study.”

St. Stephen’s will receive national recognition for its above-grade-level results.

Previously, the Iowa Tests were administered in nearly all schools across the nation. But most public schools, especially in Colorado, have moved away from them since the inception of standardized assessments.

The Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) tests are administered each year in grades 3 through 10. Locally, the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 also does interim assessments to measure individual student progress throughout the school year and from one school year to the next.

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