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Students start Iowa assessment testing

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WELLSBURG (KWWL) -

Students across Iowa are gearing up for one of the most important tests, the Iowa assessment test.

This test is formally known as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. This is one of the ways the state measures a schools progress.

AGWSR Middle School was just one school on last years "in need of assistance" list according to the No Child Left Behind standards. Since then the teachers have been trying to get the kids fired up to do really well this year.

"We were able through our test scores and improvement this last year to be put now into what they call "safe harbor" so we are hoping that continues, but again its so difficult to know how to compare the two tests," said Sheryl Arends, middle school principal.

The new Iowa assessment tests are said to be more difficult than in the past.

Monday morning the kids were fed breakfast from the local Lions Club to get them started on the right track.

Last week, Iowa filed for a No Child Left Behind waiver.

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