School Performance Profile – Our Elementary School Designation

School Performance Profile – Our Elementary School Designation

School Performance Profile – Our Elementary School Designation

The state has released new information on school performance as required by a federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

  • A new online reporting tool called the Iowa School Performance Profiles reflects how public schools performed on a set of core accountability measures, such as results on the statewide assessment. The tool displays a school’s score based on overall performance, as well as scores based on the performance of subgroups of students. These subgroups include students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, students receiving special education services, English learners, and students from racial/ethnic minority groups.
  • Based on these scores, some schools have been identified for additional support and improvement. These determinations are not punitive; rather, they come with funding and support.

Based on this new system of school accountability and support under ESSA, our school has received a designation of Targeted Support and Improvement. Over the next three years, our school will receive federal funding (Title I schools only) and resources from the state and our area education agency. Our school has a leadership team for school improvement called our Differentiated Accountability Team.  This team has been working together since the 2016 – 2017 school year to identify how we can improve our school in the areas of Reading, Math, and Behavior.  At this time this team meets monthly developing and implementing an action plan for improvement that fits the individual needs of our school. As you know, no two schools are the same and each has its own unique context.

While we have many things to celebrate in our school, such as a new school-wide behavior program (PBIS) and our Universal Instruction Protocol and Infrastructure for Reading, we also have work to do. We look forward to addressing our school’s needs through this process, which we view as an opportunity to build on the great things we have going on.

You can help by providing input as we develop our improvement plan and by continuing to support our school, our staff, and our students. We welcome your thoughts.

To locate our school’s results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Performance Profiles and ESSA, visit the following website:


Jennifer Schutte

PK-6 Principal, Cora B. Darling Elementary