Islamic Schools Nationally Unite
For the first time in US history Islamic schools from across the nation are uniting to establish higher standards for Islamic curricula. Schools from 14 states (including Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) are stepping forward to ensure that Islamic curriculum in the west is being valued equally to secular subjects like math, science, and social studies.
Researchers at IQRA’ International Educational Foundation, leaders of global Islamic education, have teamed with field experts to develop the first Islamic Studies Standardized Tests (ISST). A panel of religious scholars, school administrators, and teachers were brought together to assess the commonalties of curricula within Islamic institutes throughout the west. Commonalties found were then cross referenced against the textbook content of several major Islamic textbook publishers. Data collected lead to an approved set of standards and competencies for each grade level in all four content areas (Qur’anic Studies, Aqidah, Fiqh, and Aqlahq, Sirah and Hadith, and Islamic Social Studies). Tests have since been designed, distributed, and scored by partners Strategic Measurement and Evaluation (SME), a renowned data collection and analysis company. Headed by Dr. Denis Jarvinen, SME analysts have developed specialized reports to provide much needed data within the Islamic school sector.
Scores are reported in terms of percentile ranking, percent correct and national average. Participating schools are provided with a grade summary by content areas, list of student scores, and individual student reports.
Data collected from reports help schools to:
- Evaluate curriculum effectiveness
- Evaluate student achievement
- Individualize instruction for students with special needs
- Track student achievement over time
- Ensure the transferability of students between Islamic Schools
- Evaluate instructional methods and best practice
Schools who have adopted these tests are being applauded for their efforts to advance Islamic curricula and are being commended for their commitment to exceed the quality of Islamic education their students receive. In addition, these schools have been widely recognized for their initiative to help standardized Islamic curriculum across the west. Click to view a list of participating schools. To be apart of the Islamic Studies Standardized Tests program visit us online at www.iqrafoundation.com.