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Release: May 10, 2002

Alumni Association sponsors seminar on Iowa Tests Of Basic Skills

The University of Iowa Alumni Association in collaboration with the Linn County Iowa Club is sponsoring an outreach program, "Iowa Tests: Their History and Use in Schools," at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Beems Auditorium in the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

H. D. Hoover, professor and director of the Iowa Basic Skills Testing Program, will discuss the reasons Iowa City became the center of educational achievement testing in the United States, the use of the “Iowa Tests” in the state over the last 70 years, and trends in levels of educational achievement in Iowa and the nation.

He will also describe the limited, but important roles such tests should play in assessing the educational accomplishments of individual students and schools. The Thursday evening program is free and open to the public. Children are welcome. While parents are learning more about what their test scores mean, children will be having story time on the children's area on the second floor. For more information or to register, contact the UI Alumni Association at 1-800-IOWALUM (469-2586) or see its website at