Information about the Iowa Assessments including scope and sequence, cognitive classifications, alignment between the Iowa Core and Iowa Assessment, and interpreting results.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Iowa is a governing state in the consortium. If Iowa adopts the assessments, they could be implimented as early as 2014-2015.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative assessment of what students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.
The ACT Test
The ACT is an educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. Click here to go to our ACT page.
The ACT Explore is designed to help 8th and 9th graders explore a broad range of options for their future. It prepares students not only for their high school coursework but for their post–high school choices as well. Click here to go to our Explore page.