Test Scores

Measuring Educational Excellence

Measuring how well a student is performing academically is an important component of classroom instruction. It is accomplished in ways that measure both the quality of the learning process and outcomes.

We believe that test scores are only one measure of educational excellence in the WDMCS. In addition to teacher-made, standardized norm-referenced and criterion-reference tests, we also review student portfolios, teacher observations, formative assessments, long-term projects, anecdotal records, writing samples and student interviews. Attitudes, motivation, caring and a positive environment are also essential factors in a total education.

Test Scores

In the fall of 2012, WDMCS students took the Iowa Assessments®, formerly known by their acronyms as the “ITBS” or “ITEDS.” With the new name, came a new set of tests, with new questions, reorganized sections and more.

Students were tested in the following general areas: reading, writing expression, math, computation, science, social studies, and vocabulary. Students in grades 3-8 are also tested in spelling, capitalization and punctuation.  The reading, written expression, vocabulary, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, mathematics, and computation tests have all been aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Proficiency Level Rankings

The Iowa Department of Education requires school districts to report student achievement on the Iowa Assessment for grades 4, 8 and 1 1 in reading, mathematics and science. A summary of this information follows. Also below is the Grade Equivalent Scores, which describe our students’ performance in terms of grade level and month.

Grade Level and Subject Percentile Non-proficient Percentile Proficient/Advanced
Mathematics 15.1 84.8
Reading 22.1 77.9
Mathematics 15.1 84.9
Reading 20.1 79.9
Science 13.0 87.0
Mathematics 14.9 85.0
Reading 17.2 82.8
Science 16.1 83.9

 American College Testing Program (ACT)

The ACT test assesses students’ academic readiness for college. In general, Iowa students consistently have the one of the highest average ACT composite scores among states that tested more than half of students. Below are the results for the most recent WDMCS graduating class.

English Math Reading Science Composite
Iowa 21.7 21.6 22.5 22.2 22.1
WDMCS 23.8 23.7 24.4 23.9 24.1

Contact Us

Dr. Laurene Lanich
Associate Superintendent
(515) 633-5057

National Merit Scholars

Twelve Valley High School seniors were named 2010 National Merit Scholarship Finalists; Twelve students received Semifinalist honors. Eleven students received Letters of Commendation.

Since 1999, 120 Valley students have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. National Merit® Scholarship designations are based on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test®