COUNCIL BLUFFS — Council Bluffs school board members will receive a report on standardized tests within the district at tonight's meeting.

The board will hear updates on the National Assessment of Educational Progress; the Iowa assessments, including the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and Iowa Test of Educational Development; the National Career Readiness Certificate; the ACT Compass; and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

The Smarter Balanced Assessments were developed by a national consortium that has received federal funds to develop assessments that align with the common core curriculum. The computerized assessments for grades 3 through 11 are being field-tested to provide for accurate and valid scaling.

Three Council Bluffs grade schools — Bloomer, Crescent and Longfellow — have been selected to participate in a formal study of the tests nationally.

Also tonight, the board will receive its official independent auditor's report from Schroer and Associates, certified public accountants in Council Bluffs, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

The board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Service Center, 12 Scott St.

— World-Herald News Service

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