Japhet School

National School of Character

Preschool - 8th Grade

Preschool - 8th Grade

Standardized Testing

Nearly all Japhet School students perform at or above national averages on national standardized tests.
2019 test results for Japhet School students on the ITBS:

3rd-grade students collectively scored at the 5.0 grade level
4th-grade students collectively scored at the 7.3 grade level
5th-grade students collectively scored at the 7.7 grade level
6th-grade students collectively scored at the 5.9 grade level
7th-grade students collectively scored at the 13+ grade level
8th grade students collectively scored at the 12.2 grade level


At Japhet School we view standardized testing as one of many windows that can reveal the level of knowledge and ability within a student.

As stated in our philosophy, we believe that the best education includes instruction in basic study habits and test taking (point 8), and we also believe that students learn best when information is shared with creativity, enthusiasm, and in a variety of ways that supports different learning styles (point 3).

Many students naturally test well, others rely on their awareness of test-taking skills to achieve their best, and some students demonstrate their mastery of a subject by more creative methods, which may not be evident on standardized test results.

What does all this mean, in regard to standardized testing at Japhet School?

In short: we teach students how to approach standardized tests, and each spring students take the ITBS, a national comprehensive test of basic skills, beginning in third grade. (Second-graders take a copy of the California Achievement Test, which we score internally.) The test-taking sessions cover three mornings, usually in April.

Giving students the opportunity and experience to take standardized tests prepares them for their futures. Day to day, we strive to employ a variety of evaluative tools to measure a student’s mastery of an academic unit, ranging from multiple-choice, short-answer and essay tests to cumulative projects to oral presentations.

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