Assess Less. Measure More.

Data you can trust in less testing time!

The Iowa Assessments from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are evidence-based, psychometrically sound assessments that measure student achievement and grown against next generation learning standards for grades K–12. Because of an efficient test design and powerful reporting, the Iowa Assessments allow you to assess less but measure more.

Iowa Assessments all new Form G and its equivalent Form E are built to a carefully constructed test blueprint and content specifications focused on current best-in-class state, national, and international benchmarks and standards of educational achievement.

New 2017 norms provide the most up-to-date national comparisons of student performance.

The Iowa Assessments enable administrators and educators to:

  • Monitor Growth using a continuous, research-based, verticle scale
  • Indicate College and Career Readiness starting at 6th grade
  • Evaluate student mastery of next generation skills and rigorous learning standards

All while offering:

  • Items align to one of three cognitive levels, providing an additional view of mastery
  • Skill and core domain alignment and reporting
  • Reporting suite includes Lexile® and Quantile® measures
  • Ancillaries include print-on-demand planning and interpretive guides, online videos, and training materials

Measure College and Career Readiness  — Beginning in Middle School

Maximizing your school resources—instructor time, money, and curricular changes—has never been more challenging or important. Only Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has the insight and data systems to help you track the college and career readiness starting at Grade 6. Data gathered from our reliable and evidence–based assessments can help you make important decisions by providing projected reports of student preparedness for success through Grade 12 and beyond.

How it works

The Iowa Assessments generate readiness reports showing where students in Grades 6–12 land on the college and career preparedness scale, informing decisions related to curricula and teacher performance. In addition, individual student data helps identify students who may require intervention or advanced courses and programs, or those who would benefit from accelerated coursework.

Why it works

Iowa Assessments are the only assessments that begin evaluating student preparedness for the ACT©/SAT© in Grade 6 — two years before any other existing assessment system.

Grades 6–8 are a critical time for skills development, so the ability to begin interventions or adjust curricula to ensure students are "on track" for success before they enter high school can go a long way toward improving overall student and school performance.

In addition, the longitudinal data system allows you to track students year over year and within the school year, so you can demonstrate immediate and long term gains in achievement at the same time.

How do you track growth?

With increasing pressure on schools across the country to provide data showing student growth, you need a way to reliably monitor each student's progress across the entire K–12 continuum. That's why the robust vertical scale underlying the Iowa Assessments facilitates an enhanced Growth Model.

Learning is a continuous process, and individuals learn incrementally and at different rates. When we measure progress, we avoid applying arbitrary labels to students or placing them in buckets. Instead, by monitoring growth, we focus on setting long–term goals and understanding student progress towards college and career readiness. Using growth data can help you plan instruction and implement swift curriculum changes based on what students know and can do.

Features and Benefits

  • Accurate longitudinal data reporting
  • A vertical scale
  • Standard score growth continuum
  • Enhanced tools for differentiation
  • Universal screening

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