Iowa Assessments in February

Hudson Students Testing in February/March

In the next few weeks, your child will be taking the Iowa Assessments. The Iowa Assessments provide detailed information about your child in a variety of important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Understanding your child’s academic achievement and growth will benefit you and help them excel and succeed.

  • The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on the state curriculum as described in the Iowa Common Core.
  • The Iowa Assessments measure student growth and progress from year to year.
  • The Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and identify areas that may need additional emphasis.
  • The Iowa Assessments produce information that enable sound decision-making and provide a focus for teachers to evaluate their instruction.
  • The Iowa Assessments provide information about your child’s performance relative to the school, the state of Iowa, and the nation.

Using the results of the assessment, we encourage you to work together with your child’s teacher to identify and address educational needs. The results will help prepare your child for the next step on their educational path.

In addition to the Iowa Assessments, Juniors will take the ACCUPLACER Assessment this Spring, which is administered at Hawkeye Community College. All Hudson Juniors will be involved in a “Hawkeye Project.” This project is an opportunity for students to take the ACCUPLACER assessment and learn about what to expect when attending college. During the project day students will have the chance to participate in a “College 101” presentation, a Hawkeye Community College campus tour,  and have fun along the way!

ACCUPLACER assessment results can be utilized in multiple ways such as a benchmarking tool to gauge students’ academic achievement, to forecast college readiness, and/or to guide and evaluate readiness for Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), Dual Enrollment, Contracted Courses, or entering a Career Academy while students are still in high school.

All testing information below:

Iowa Assessments 2nd-6th grade

Elementary students will begin testing Jan. 29- Feb. 16th in the areas of Math, Science, Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies. Testing should be finished for most students on or before Feb. 16th. For information on testing please contact Mark Schlatter at 319-988-3233 ext. 4.

Iowa Assessments 7th-8th grade

Iowa Assessments will be given in the JR high school starting the week of Feb 5th-9th. Students in grades 7-8th will be taking the Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies portions of the assessment. For information on testing please contact Jeff Dieken at 319-988-4226.

Iowa Assessments 9th-11th grade

High School students will be testing on February 7th from 8:10 A.M. to 11:10 A.M. Students in grades 9-11 will be taking the Math, Science, and Reading portion of the assessment. For information on testing please contact Jeff Dieken at 319-988-4226.

Although seniors do not have to take the Iowa Assessments, some may need to report for their college classes (students should check with their HCC instructors). All seniors should report to the HS Gym at 9:00A.M. for State required CPR training (Healthy Kids Act, Senate File 2425). Beginning with the Class of 2012 students must have participated in a CPR training program. This program must be of the kind that can lead to CPR certification. There is no cost for this initial training and achieving certification status is not required of the students. The ARMY National Guard has been assisting with student training.

In the event of a school delay, students should report to school as normally expected under inclement weather conditions. Testing will be moved to a later date.


Juniors will be going to Hawkeye Community College for the ACCUPLACER assessment. This assessment has replaced the COMPASS testing used in the past. The ACCUPLACER is designed to identify students academic strengths and areas of need. Specifically, students will be assessed in the areas of reading, writing, and math to determine appropriate course placement as they begin looking at college course offerings.

There are several things parents can do to help their child do better on these tests. Some of them include the following:

  • Make sure that your child is in school on time during the testing session. Do not plan any doctor or dental appointments on test date.
  • Encourage your child to listen carefully to all test-taking directions given by the learning facilitator and to ask questions about any directions that are unclear.
  • See that your child gets his/her regular amount of sleep before the tests and is well-rested.
  • Make sure that your child eats his/her usual breakfast on the day of the test. Hunger can detract from a good test performance.
  • Encourage your child to do his/her best.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Iowa Assessments or the ACCUPLACER Assessment or expectations for students, please contact Jeff Dieken, 7-12 principal, at 988-4226. On a similar note, some students have signed up for ACT testing on February 10th (Good Luck)! The next ACT testing date is April 14th and June 9th, sign-up deadline for the April 14th testing date is early March! Contact Mrs. McCaulley at 988-4226, for further information.