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Testing at St. Paul's

General Information: 
It is important to remember that your child’s ITBS scores should be used with other information you obtain through teacher conferences, your own observations of your child, and an examination of the school papers she or he brings home. Taken together with this other information, test scores can help you to determine how well your child is progressing academically. Another important idea to keep in mind is that the tests do not measure all of the important knowledge and skills that St. Paul’s provides your child.
 
National percentile scores for both student norms and school norms are attached below. Student norms display what percentage of students scored below your student on a nationwide basis at the same grade level who took the test. School norms display what percentage of schools scored below our school on a nationwide basis and at a given grade level. NPR is not the percentage of questions answered correctly. Percentiles that are 75 and above, represent above average performance for the grade level. Percentiles between 25 and 75 represent average performance for the grade level. Percentiles below 25 represent below average performance.
 
The purpose of the ITBS is to provide parents and schools with an idea of how a student and school compares to the national norm group. It is impractical to use it as the solitary or prime method when comparing schools, as schools such as St. Paul’s offer so much more than positive test results. There are many other factors parents need to consider when selecting the school they feel is right for their children. In our case, parents need to know that Lutheran Schools exist to share Christ and offer far more than superior academic programs. We teach God’s Word in its truth and purity. We teach the message of the Father’s infinite love. We teach that life cannot be full without the power of the Holy Spirit. We teach that salvation is ours through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and it is through him, we have eternal life.
 
Important Facts about Testing:
It is not possible for private schools to accurately compare their standardized achievement scores with those of the public schools.  Comparing ITBS to the public school’s CAT6, is like comparing apples to oranges.  While the ITBS and CAT6 are both standardized achievement assessments, they are different in both design and purpose.
 
We don't test in Kindergarten and 1st Grade.  We use a wide variety of screenings that assist us in driving our instruction and curriculum.  
 
The CogAT is scheduled to be given in grades   3, 5, and 7.   The CogAT focuses on a student’s ability to reason.
 
Helping Students Prepare:
  1. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.
  2. Make sure your child eats a well-balanced breakfast.
  3. Be sure not to schedule doctor or dentist appointments during this time.
  4. Encourage them to do their best.
  5. Let your student know that there should be no reason for them to feel anxious about testing.
Easing Test Anxiety:
If your child worries about testing in school, you can help ease his or her anxiety.  Stay informed about when tests will be given, and help your child prepare for them.  Assist them by preparing them with good study habits.  Be sure your child gets to bed on time the night before and has a nutritious breakfast on the morning of the test.  Encourage your child to do his or her best.  At the same time, explain that nobody expects more than that.                  
 
Questions:
Please direct questions to our School Counselor, Mrs. Kristin Fink at ext. 203 or kristin.fink@splsorange.org.