What is the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and State Common Core Standards Test?
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What are the Iowa ITBS and Common Core ELA and Math Tests?
This spring, Iowa will give the ITBS test to students in grades 3 – 11. It is now transitioning to the Common Core State Tests or CCSS tests, which are based on Common Core State Learning Standards that have been accepted in 45 states. This year’s Iowa Test of Basic Skills is expected to include field-tested items from the Common Core Test. In the spring of 2015, the Common Core test will take the place of the ITBS. Common Core tests are harder than the ITBS test. The Standards and tests focus on reading and writing – also called English Language Arts or ELA, and mathematics.
|Iowa State Achievement Tests are Harder Than Ever! –
Iowa is currently transitioning from the ITBS test to a far more challenging new test based on Common Core Standards. In 2013, when other states introduced tests aligned with these new CCSS standards, student test scores dropped dramatically. This 60-page CCSS guide from www.TestingMom.com covers what parents need to know about the ITBS and Iowa state tests aligned with the Common Core Standards – including sample questions.
|Common Core Standards for English Language Arts – Iowa ELA questions consist of multiple-choice, short-response and extended response questions aligned to Iowa State Common Core Standards. With the new CCSS Standards, there is a shift to reading more informational texts that build knowledge instead of fiction. Texts are more advanced and students must learn academic vocabulary words. Writing calls for more persuasive, expository or analytical work where students must support claims and arguments based on solid reasoning and evidence from texts they read. To learn more and see examples of these new questions, download our free guide.||Common Core Standards for Mathematics – Iowa math questions consist of multiple-choice, short-response and extended response questions aligned to Common Core Standards. There are now fewer mathematical concepts taught at greater depth. There is a new emphasis on memorizing important math facts, learning how to use math to solve real world problems and demonstrating an understanding of the thinking behind each math problem solved on the test. Learn more and see examples in this free guide!|