St. Vincent de Paul School is a
mission driven school, not a test driven school. We
exist to pass on our Catholic faith and traditions, but
a quality academic program is expected.
We are pleased with our school’s ITBS scores, and
we share them with our families each year in the fall.
As you review our schools, please
keep the following ideas in mind:
· We are testing
a very small population, and therefore, we need to be
sensitive to our students when interpreting the data.
· Some schools, public
and private, do not test all of their students, whereas
we test all of our students, including those with any
level of special needs (about 18% of our student
· Please keep in mind
that this is just one test on one particular day which
can give a piece of information on a child’s academic
· These scores should
not be used to compare our school with local public
schools or with other Catholic schools in the
Catholic schools are not driven by tests; we are
driven by our missions.
· Why are we giving
We are using the information as another tool to assess
individual student growth and progress as well as to
indicate possible strengths and weaknesses of our
· Our goal is to
prepare our students for Catholic high schools, and the
reports we receive from the Catholic high schools
indicate that our students are prepared academically,
spiritually, and socially.
An explanation of the types of scores displayed in the
scores listed in the chart on the next page are National
School Norms. School norms compare our scores as a whole
school to other schools across the country. This is how
to interpret school norms: A National School Norm of 80
for the third grade means that our third grade class as
a whole did as well as or better than about 80% of the
other third grade classes nationally.
Grade Level Equivalences
addition to the School Scores, we want to share another
way to interpret our scores. We have included the grade
level equivalences for each grade level. This is how to
interpret grade level equivalences: A grade level
equivalence of 4.9 for our 3rd grade doesn’t mean that
they are working at a grade level of 4.9, but that they
did as well as a student in 4th grade, 9th month would
have done on this level of test.
of the line graph data:
graphs so the academic growth of last year’s 8th
grade class over the past five years (using grade level
equivalences). You can see how the growth rate increased
over the years, from being one year above the national
average at grade 4 to being three years above the
national average at grade 8.