• Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)


    What is the ITBS?

    The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is intended to provide a diagnostic at student learning in key areas such as vocabulary, word analysis, listening, reading comprehension, math and other areas.

    Who takes it?

    Grades K-12 students who are nominated for Talented and Gifted (TAG) identification. 

    What does it measure?

    The ITBS assesses academic talent in reading and math.

    When is it administered?

    ITBS is administered from January to February. 

    View the district testing calendar for the current year's testing windows.

    How is it administered?

    ITBS takes about 2 hours to complete. A representative from the TAG department will administer the test one-on-one with students.

    How are the results used?

    ITBS is used along with other assessments to identify students as Talented and Gifted.

    Who requires it?

    The test is optional; it is one tool that may be used to help identify a student as TAG. 

    What if I want to know more about this assessment?

    Contact the PPS Talented and Gifted Department with questions about ITBS and how to have your child identified for TAG.