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
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