New tests coming to Iowa schools in 2019

DES MOINES, Ia. - Changes are coming soon to standardized testing in Iowa classrooms.

The state will be going to a computer-based test for the 2018-2019 school year.

The new computer-based exam will replace the old days of filling in the bubble with a Number 2 pencil.

A request for test proposals was required by the 2017 state legislation. Eight different proposals were considered, with the Department of Education announcing this month that they'll be accepting a bid from the American Institutes for Research.

The decision was made based on use of technology and cost-effectiveness.

"In addition to meeting requirements set by the legislature, we feel that this test also strikes a good balance between quality and reasonable cost, and also reflects what's being taught in Iowa classrooms." 

As of this week, the State Board of Education has begun the formal adoption process for the exam.

Students will take a variety of computer-based tests that focus on English language arts, math, and science.

We asked the Department of Education if they feel like students take too many standardized tests each year.

They say that Iowa's testing aligns with what other students and school districts are doing all across the country.

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