Maharishi School administers the Iowa Test
of Educational Development
(ITED) to students in grades 9–12, to assess
the development of intellectual
skills that represent the long-term goals
of secondary education. In
1995-1996, grades 9–12 all scored in the
99th percentiles respectively based
on National School Norms and also on Iowa
School Norms for these grades.
Over the past ten years Maharishi School
classes have consistently scored
above the 95th percentile on the ITED.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills: Students in grades
5–8 take the Iowa Test of
Basic Skills (ITBS). Although the School
has a liberal admissions policy, these
students consistently score above the 90th
percentile based on national school
norms. In addition, research published in
the journal Education has shown
that new students at Maharishi School, grades
3 through 8, exhibited
significant increases in academic achievement
as measured by the ITBS.
Substantial gains in achievement were found
within one academic year of
attending Maharishi School.
Otis Lennon School Ability Test: Students
in grades 4–12 are assessed in
the area of reasoning utilizing the Otis
Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT).
Maharishi School students consistently score
above national norms.
Moral Development: A study of secondary students
at Maharishi School
found that the students exhibited a greater
amount of prosocial behavior
responses on Kohlberg’s Moral Atmosphere
Interview than students attending
special alternative schools based on Kohlberg’s
approach to moral education (research presented
to the American Educational
Research Association, Chicago, Illinois,