ILWACO - Ilwaco High School's ninth-grade students fared well recently on a state-required test that measures various subject matter.

The Iowa Test of Educational Development [ITED] is the ninth-grade version of the ITBS tests taken by third- and sixth-grade students. The IHS students scored above the national average with an overall score 55 percent. They scored in the 55th-percentile in reading, 58th percentile in math and the 49th percentile in expression.

IHS Principal Lisa Nelson said she was not surprised by the above average scores but sees room for improvement as well.

"You always want the test scores to be higher than what they are," she said. "My goal is 100 percent in every category."

IHS has raised its ITED scores over the last two years. Nelson said she believes the school improvement process taking place at IHS has been very helpful in raising the scores.

"Anytime you improve on a national scoring level, I think it's a good thing," she said.

The ITED is a referenced standardized test averaged against peer scores, unlike the WASL test, which is scored on a predetermined standard percentage. The results of last year's WASL tests should be available by the end of this week, said Ocean Beach School District Superintendent Tom Lockyer.

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