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How We Measure Up


Last fall, St. John the Baptist Catholic School administered the Iowa Assessments (IA) to students in grades 2-8. This standardized (summative) test measured the skills and achievement of our students. Developed at the University of Iowa and backed by a tradition of more than 75 years of educational research and test development experience, the IA provides an in-depth assessment of each student's achievement of important educational objectives. The assessments cover material in reading, vocabulary, math, and science, and other subjects.  The tests are administered early in the school year to serve as a diagnostic tool for teachers and parents.

September 2017 Iowa Assessment Grade Equivalent (GE) & National Percentile Rank (NPR) Results for St. John the Baptist Catholic School (4th through 8th Grades)

  • 4th grade GE is 4.6; NPR is 66%
  • 5th grade GE is 6.3; NPR is 79%
  • 6th grade GE is 7.0; NPR is 70%
  • 7th grade GE is 9.5; NPR is 80%
  • 8th grade GE is 10.3; NPR is 84%

This means that a St. John 8th grade student scored as well as a high school sophomore in the third month of school on the same test, and scored higher than 84% of her/his peers. These results illustrate that our students are mastering the material, and they are very well prepared for secondary education.