Iowa Tests

Iowa Tests


To bring with you to Principals’ Council:

1. Stack all answer folders for each teacher by grade. There is no need to alphabetize the answer folders.

2. Place one (1) Grade/Class Identification Sheet (blue) on top of each teacher/class group. Please be sure the Grade/Class Identification Sheet is complete. See checklist in Teacher or Principal Packet for details.

Box #1 – the Information box
Box #2 – Class Name - Elementary Teacher Name or Freshman, Sophomore, etc.
Box #4 – Grade
Box #5 – Form “E”
Box #6 – Answer Folder Count - example 0015 or 0009

3. Wrap a strip of paper – calculator tape – around each stack by grade (each grade is to be wrapped separately) and secure strip of paper with scotch tape.

4. Please place one (1) Building Identification Sheet  (purple) on top of the whole stack of secured answer folders. You do not have to “bubble in” the school name, just write the school name in the boxes. We have the pre-printed sheet from Riverside that will be submitted with your answer folders.


Because some feel that third graders should not be exposed to the pressures of a full battery of tests, some schools choose to administer only parts of the whole Iowa Assessments Complete test. These children usually take only the Core. (Reading, Written Expression, Math, Vocabulary, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation and Computation) If you choose not to give your third grade students the complete battery, that is acceptable. However, it is required that you administer all of the tests for your third graders EXCEPT:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Word Analysis
  • Listening

Some teachers and administrators want third graders to take the entire battery to help them plot growth in all areas. Although it is not recommended, a school may choose to administer the entire battery. There is no additional charge.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the conference office and speak to Lynal Ingham (916) 886-5648.


1. What does the school do regarding make-up tests whether or not students are absent during testing time?

Answer: If at all possible, try to schedule a make-up time. However, when students are not at school because their parents have taken them out for a day because it is his/her birthday (or other similar type of absence), use your good judgment as to whether, or not, you should devote time and money to reschedule that section of the test. The scoring service will score what has been turned in.

2. Can we use calculators?

Answer: YES. Calculators may be used with the Mathematics section of the test (elementary parts 1 and 2). Calculators may NOT be used during the Math Computation part of the test. There is no place on the answer folder to signify if a calculator was used or not. Instructions about calculator use can be found on page 30 of the Directions for Administration Levels 9-14 booklet, and page 26 of the Directions for Administration Levels 15-17/18 booklet.

3. Is the computation section “optional” for the Northern California Conference?

Answer: NO.

4. Is it appropriate to take tests home to work on them there?

Answer: NO. Answer sheets and test booklets must never leave your campus, during testing or preparing them  to be returned to the conference office.

5. Do students take the “Optional” (questionnaire) section of the test?

Answer: NO.

6. Do students take the social studies and science section of the test?

Answer: YES, unless you have decided not to have your 3rd graders take these portions.

7. Which grades are required to take the exam?

Answer: All students in grades 3-9 and 11 are required to take the Iowa Test, unless their request for exemption has been approved.  Students in grades K-2 generally do not take the test. Sophomores and Seniors, though not required to, often take the test as well.