student testing, including the large scale and high stakes standardized tests, to have a "positive effect" on student achievement.We hope that this will bring uniformity to Islamic Studies curriculum and help students, teachers and parents to set goals and clarify objectives. "
Dr. Tasneema Ghazi, Ph.D
IQRA’ International Educational Foundation
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
“The first edition of the ISST directed focus on the importance of measuring student progress in Islamic studies. Building on this foundation, the second edition has been created by content experts and constructed to meet the most stringent professional standards.….. Read More
The resulting assessments are the most reliable and valid measure of student mastery of essential Islamic studies knowledge and the reports effectively communicate results to both school stakeholders and family members.”
Denis Jarvinen, Ph.D
Strategic Measurement and Evaluation
“Although, as standardized tests do not get alot of my support, they are needed in this day and age to help us, to guide us and to direct us in new directions. This is a decade of new developments for Islamic education. We have taken our positions in the American landscapeand now we need to solidify our roots ….. Read More
in Islam and provide the Islamic education we all dream of. To do this we must be organized and evaluation oriented.
Inshallah, through this next phase, I continue to fully support the IQRA team and look forward to the next steps of developing more comprehensively the curriculum for Islamic Schools in the west. I encourage all Islamic Schools to step up and work in this direction. Together we are stronger and we are an Ummah with responsibility.”
Dr. Seema Imam, Ph.D
National Islamic Educator
ISST Committee Members
The ISST Committee is a national team of scholars, Islamic educators, and certified teachers and principals working in the Islamic school system. Members have collaborated in various areas of the national assessment program (i.e. program development, National Islamic Studies Standards (NISS) development and review, national assessment research and design, item development, item review, program education, school piloting, and data analysis)