TIMPANOGOS ACADEMY

SELF-REPORTED INDICATORS

Schools may choose to describe up to two additional pieces of information about how their school is supporting students. These self-reported indicators are not factored into school accountability calculations but provide the opportunity for schools to highlight successful programs or practices in addition to the indicators included in school accountability.

SCHOOL-LEVEL FACTORS

Student Performance on Nationally Normed Testing

At Timpanogos Academy, we administer the ITBS ("Iowa") tests at the beginning of each year to best assess our student's performance and achievement levels. We do this for several reasons: 1. The IOWA tests are administered at the beginning of the year; therefore we can use the results to help individual students for the rest of the school year. (In contrast, Utah's statewide "RISE" testing is not taken until the end of the year when it is too late for us to use the results to help students). 2. The IOWA tests tell us specifically what GRADE LEVEL student performance is at... i.e. "at a 4th grade level in Reading", or at a "5th Grade level in Science", etc. (In contrast, "RISE" testing only reports that a student is "Proficient" or "Not Proficient" which does not tell as much as we need to know).


SCHOOL-LEVEL FACTORS

Student Performance on Nationally Normed Testing

Continued: 3. The IOWA tests are "Nationally Normed and Standardized" so we can bench-mark our student performance and our school’s performance with other students and schools nationwide. (In contrast, the "RISE" results are not Standardized or Norm-ed, and they are bot bench-marked to any other standards. Therefore, we are unable to see how our students and our school are performing compared to other students or schools nationwide). Note: The Iowa Tests were administered in all Utah public schools for six school years: 2004 through 2009. During that time, Timp Academy students consistently obtained Iowa Test scores that were 10 to 20 percentiles higher than the statewide averages. Greater than 95% participation rate in the 2018-19 “Iowa” tests ensures that the results displayed above are valid assessments of school-wide achievement at Timpanogos Academy. By the same criteria, it should be noted that RISE testing for 2018-19 is not an accurate reflection of school-wide achievement because 74.9% of our students were opted-out by parents. (Per the USBE, less than 95 percent test participation “distorts the accountability data in ways that mask the true performance of students”)