Decorah Community School District

District Test & Assessment

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
The Decorah Schools will again be giving the on-line assessment known as MAP or Measures of Academic Progress during the 2015-2016 school year. The assessment is aligned with the standards and benchmarks that have been adopted by the Decorah Community School District. Decorah implemented MAP testing in the fall of 2003. Students in grades 1-11 take tests in mathematics and reading.  Students in grade 3-11 take the language arts test.  Students in grades 7 and 9 also take the general science test.  

During the 2015-2016 school year, the tests will be given between August 31 and September 25 for the fall testing period and again between March 21 and April 15 for the spring testing window. The tests will each take approximately one hour and will be taken on a computer. The difficulty of the test is adjusted to the student's performance on initial questions and is also based on a student's performance on last year's assessments. In order to progress monitor, some students may take short versions of each test at various other times during the school year.

This assessment has been chosen because of its alignment with our standards and benchmarks. It will help us determine how well we are progressing in our work on the federal government's initiative called "No Child Left Behind". Results will be available and shared with parents very shortly after the assessments are completed.

Iowa Assessments

Each winter, DCSD students take the Iowa Assessments®, formerly known by their acronyms as the “ITBS” or “ITEDS.”

Students are tested in the following areas:

2nd Grade- Math, Reading, Science, Vocabulary & Word Analysis 3rd - 4th Grades- Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Vocabulary
5th - 8th Grades- Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Vocabulary
9th-11th Grades- Reading, Math, Science, Language Usage

Check the Scores

The Iowa Testing Program provides test results around January. You may use the results to:

    A few key areas on the report to look at are:

      Know What the Scores Mean

      Your child’s test results are presented in different ways:

        Seek Assistance for Additional Questions

        Your child’s principal is available to help you if you have further questions about your individual child’s performance.

        Learn More about Iowa Assessments

        For more about the Iowa Assessments, please visit the Iowa Testing Programs at the University Of Iowa College Of Education. This link includes:

        Standard Score Ranges for Achievement Levels (“Winter” column)
        Interpreting National Performance using the Iowa Assessments
        Report to Students and Parents
        Interpreting Reports from the Iowa Assessment

        Learn How the Iowa Assessments Can Be Helpful

        Beyond determining simple proficiency levels, the results from the Iowa Assessments can be helpful in many ways to many people. The tests provide parents, students, and educators with information on what students know and can do in key academic areas. As students progress through school, their yearly growth in these key areas can be observed and their college-readiness monitored. In addition, group results can be used as part of a comprehensive program evaluation. These are just a few of the ways that the results can provide helpful information.

         If parents have further questions, they may contact building offices or Dana Spry at

        It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District to not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. Inquiries about this policy and its practices should be made to the Equity Coordinator, Leona Hoth, Decorah Middle School, 405 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101, or by telephone at 563-382-8427.

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