We use the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) to provide a baseline to measure a child’s academic progress. The ITBS is administered at the end of each school year. The results are used to document the academic advancement of each student. More importantly, ITBS results are used to guide the individualized instruction for each of our students. The use of this standardized test is not to categorize the academic level of a student, but to improve our instruction and to provide each family with a measure of their child’s progress.