Iowa School Report Card grades local schools

A few years ago, the Iowa Department of Education rolled out a new program – the Iowa School Report Card – that aims to assess the performance of each educational facility in the state. The most recent report card, which was issued in mid-December, shows schools in the Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District performing at a range of different levels, mostly at or above statewide averages.

The report card rated Parkersburg Elementary “high performing” while A-P High School was rated “Commendable,” A-P Middle School as “Acceptable” and Aplington Elementary as “Needs Improvement.” These scores are based on a six-tier scale that runs from “Priority” and “Needs Improvement” on the low end to “High Performing” and “Exceptional” on the high end. Ratings are based on the schools’ performance over the past two school years.

These assessments are made based on several different factors, including: proficiency (in reading and math), closing the gap (narrowing the performance gap for students on free-or-reduced lunch, students on an Individualized Education Program, or students participating in the English Language Learners program), college and career ready growth (students on trajectory to be college and career ready by graduation), annual expected growth (percent of students achieving a year of academic growth), attendance, and staff retention.

Read the full story in the January 10 edition.