Many good (A or B) students in the public school system in Iowa will test in high school equivalency, grades 9-13 plus for a subject in the upper elementary grades.
For example, my son isn’t a genius or anything and tested grade 9 and 10 for all subjects in 3rd and 4th grade, and 13+ for all subjects in 5th grade. His scores put him in the top 1% nationally (NPR) and in Iowa (IPR).
He’s just a normal kid, and a good reader for his age. Many others he goes to school with perform in the 80 through 90 percentiles, and are at least three levels above their grade level in equivalency.
The tests, like ITBS, are exactly what they say, Iowa Tests for Basic Skills. The grade equivalency is in reference to basic skills required at a certain grade level.
Therefore, the goal shouldn’t be to meet their grade level on these tests. IF they are a good student, they should be performing a few levels or more above. If they are performing at grade level or the next couple grade levels, they would be a C student, most likely, or lower, and receiving services. I hope this helps put the state assessments into perspective when considering public testing and consider using the Connections Academy.