Original Post Date: Monday, October 18, 2010

Some of us remember taking the Iowa tests during our early school days. The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) are standardized tests provided as a service to schools by the College of Education of The University of Iowa. The tests, administered to students in grades K-8, became a national standard for measuring scholastic aptitude – I was educated in Pennsylvania.

Now out of Iowa comes another test of sorts, something called an Integrity Index Score based upon a proprietary algorithm of an organization called Iowa Live. Iowa Live calls itself, “a growing network of volunteer Citizens & professionals for improving Iowa.” The organization has addressed a variety of issues in the education, health, and government areas. In July, Iowa Live published its comparison of two commercially marketed parametric estimating software products, one of which was PRICE TruePlanning. The comparison was for both estimation of software projects and estimating hardware. If you’d like to see the results, visit the Iowa Live website, where you can also learn more about the theory and derivation of the Integrity Index.  

Bruce Fad
VP Professional Services, PRICE Systems