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Cobb Iowa Test Scores Top National Average

Students in the third, fifth and seventh grades were tested last fall.

The Cobb County School District on Tuesday released results of the latest Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and students averaged better scores than their peers nationwide. 

According to a summary of the results (full release here), Cobb students in the third grade scored in the 59th percentile nationally. 

This means that their scores equalled or surpassed the scores of 59 percent of all third graders around the country who took the test. 

In the fifth grade, the Cobb composite score was in the 63rd percentile, while seventh graders in Cobb who took the test scored in the 61st percentile. 

The CCSD said those numbers are comparable to previous results in the ITBS.

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills tests students in those three grades in five areas -- English, language arts, math, science and social studies -- and compares their scores to their grade peers across the United States. 

Cobb officials say the test results are used to help identify core educational skill areas that may need improvement before the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests are administered in the spring. 

The highest grade in Cobb is a 66th percentile result for fifth graders in language arts and a 64th percentile score in seventh grade language arts. Fifth graders scored in the 63rd percentile in science. 

For more highlights of the test results, and for detailed school-by-school scores, visit the Cobb County School District website

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