Knowing where you are and where you want to go is a key part of growth and improvement. Our district regularly uses education data to tell us how our students are progressing and to adjust instruction for better results.
The state is now providing an additional source of information with the release of the Iowa School Report Card. This is a new web-based tool that provides a snapshot of every Iowa public school’s performance on certain educational measures, such as student attendance and proficiency rates.
The goal of the Iowa School Report Card is to present certain education data in a way that makes it easier for the public to find and understand. The Iowa Department of Education developed this tool in response to a 2013 legislative requirement (House File 215).
Specifically, the Iowa School Report Card scores schools on up to eight educational measures and then assigns an overall rating to each school based on its performance on the measures. Click on the link below for a guide, which provides an explanation of the eight measures.
While this information can add to conversations in our community about how we’re preparing our students for success, these measures are based on limited data. And, as we know from other accountability initiatives such as the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools are so much more than labels. Labels and ratings do not tell the whole story about our children’s learning and growth. Department of Education Director Wise said the Iowa School Report Cards fits with the
new Every Student Succeeds Act – the successor to No Child Left Behind – which restores the balance between the role of states and the federal government in education accountability.
The district encourages our families and our community to explore the information provided in the Iowa School Report Card, but would also urge our families and our community to get to know the school behind the label. Ask questions about our district’s improvement efforts, and ask what you can do to support our teachers and students.
You can locate our schools’ results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Report Card, on the following website:
Also included in the links provided below is a FAQ from Parents from the Department of Education. After reviewing this information on the Iowa School Report Card should you have any questions, please contact your building principal.
Quick Guide to the Iowa School Report Card
Department of Education — FAQ from Parents