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School Report Cards Reveal Passing Marks

January 16, 2018
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

For school districts, the word Report Cards describe how well schools are educating students as well. The Iowa Department of Education recently released the fourth annual Iowa School Report Card recently and the four districts in Palo Alto County still receive passing marks for the most part.

All four school districts in Palo Alto County are graded on the same set of criteria, and all received ratings, rather than a letter grade. The review system was established in 2015 to meet a state legislative requirement. The Iowa School Report Card, which is available at www.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard, includes information on student proficiency rates in math and reading, student academic growth, narrowing achievement gaps among students, college and career readiness, student attendance, graduation rates, and staff retention. Based on each school's performance over a two-year period, the report card assigns one of six ratings: Exceptional, High-Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority.

An overall school rating does not provide contextual information about a school nor does it make a conclusion about the quality of the staff or provide important information about ongoing work to raise student achievement. While the report card may not "tell the whole story" about a school, it does offer a high level view of student performance across a number of measures. A composite score is generated from multiple years of data that depicts a stable picture of performance across time.

Schools can use this information to assist in developing achievement goals and to guide their improvement efforts. The report card should create a constructive dialog between educators, administrators and parents about the work that is currently under way in the school to support all students in achieving their full potential.

Emmetsburg

In the latest Report Card, Emmetsburg received ratings for West Elementary, the Middle School and High School. West Elementary saw some improvement from last year, but was still rated as Needing Improvement with 59.8 points, a slightly higher score than last year's 56.2 score. Students were rated at 70.8 percent in Proficiency, and 96.8 percent for Attendance. For Closing the Gap, the school was rated at 49.7.3 percent and for College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 40.9 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 41.8 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 94.3 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 81 percent.

Emmetsburg's Middle School was also again rated as Needing Improvement with 53.4 points, down slightly from last year's 56.5 points. Students were rated at 68.1 percent in Proficiency, and 96.6 percent for Attendance. For Closing the Gap, the school was rated at 38.0 percent and for College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 48.0 percent. For College and Career Readiness, the school was ranked at 27.8 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 51.2 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 78.6 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 66 percent.

Emmetsburg High School was once again rated as Acceptable with 63.5, up from last year's 62.2 points. Students were rated at 83.6 percent in Proficiency, and 94.9 percent for Attendance. For Closing the Gap, the school was rated at 53.4 percent and for College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 29.4 percent. For College and Career Readiness, the school was rated at 47.0 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 39.9 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 84 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 64 percent.

Graettinger-Terril

Graettinger-Terril's Elementary enjoyed an upgrade to Acceptable this year, with a rating of 66.0 points, up from last year's mark of 57.6 points. Students were rated at 76.0 percent in Proficiency, and 96.4 percent for Attendance. For Closing the Gap, the school was rated at 69.7 percent and for College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated a 38.1 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 39.2 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 93.0 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 79 percent.

The G-T Middle School also was upgraded to Acceptable this year with a score of 58.8, up from last year's score of 54.1 points. Students were rated at 73.5 percent in Proficiency, and 98.5 percent for Attendance. For Closing the Gap, the school was rated at 54.2 percent and for College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 53.4 percent and for College and Career Readiness, the school was rated at 25.0 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 58.3 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 98.5 percent and a teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 72 percent.

The G-T High School was rated as High this year, with 60.3 points, slightly less than last year's 63.5 points. Students were rated at 83.1 percent in Proficiency, and 97.8 percent for Attendance. For College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 27.5 percent and for College and Career Readiness, the school was rated at 39.0 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 40.0 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 79.2 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 64 percent.

Ruthven-Ayrshire

Ruthven-Ayrshire's Elementary School was rated as Needing Improvement with 60.8 points, which was up from last year's 55.6 point total. Students were rated at 80.6 percent in Proficiency, and 96.6 percent for Attendance. For Closing the Gap, the school was rated at 48.7 percent and for College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 34.2 percent. The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 34.2 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 100 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 77 percent.

Ruthven-Ayrshire's Middle and High School was rated as Acceptable with 60.9 points, down slightly from last year's 63.5 points. Students were rated at 75.9 percent in Proficiency, and 93.9 percent for Attendance. For Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 44.1 percent. For College and Career Readiness, the school was ranked at 23.6 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 54.6 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 88.2 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 57 percent.

It should be noted that Ruthven-Ayrshire High School students are involved in a partial-day sharing agreement with Graettinger-Terril.

West Bend-Mallard

The Mallard Elementary School was rated as an Exceptional School with 81.2 points, up from last year's rating of 78.2 points. Students were rated at 87 percent in Proficiency, and 96.6 percent for Attendance. For College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 70.5 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 70.5 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 86.4 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 71 percent.

The West Bend-Mallard Middle School was rated as Acceptable with 57.9 points, slightly lower than last year's 58.2 points. Students were rated at 74.4 percent in Proficiency, and 95.5 percent for Attendance. For Closing the Gap, the school was rated at 57.7 percent and for College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 41.1 percent. For College and Career Readiness, the school was ranked at 34.4 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 46.4 percent and a teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 63 percent.

The West Bend-Mallard High School was rated as Commendable with 65.6 points, a slight decrease from last year's 67.5 points. Students were rated at 83.8 percent in Proficiency, and 92.7 percent for Attendance. For College and Career-Ready Growth, the school was rated at 30.6 percent. For College and Career Readiness, the school was ranked at 37.9 percent.

The Annual Expected Growth was rated at 36.7 percent, and Staff Retention was rated at 87.2 percent. A teacher survey of Parental Involvement provided a rating of 69 percent.

"The Iowa School Report Card is an effort to provide meaningful information about our schools in a way that is easy to access and understand," Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. "While this resource can help school improvement efforts locally and statewide, data and ratings do not tell the whole story and I encourage Iowans to connect with their community schools to learn more."

Scores and ratings, which are updated annually, apply only to individual public schools; school districts and nonpublic schools do not receive ratings. For most measures, school ratings are based on data from the 2015-2016 and 2016-17 school years.

"You do see some schools that improved and some schools that declined in terms of their overall ranking," Wise says. "You also see a slight overall shift downward this year - because there was statewide dip in test scores."

 
 
 

 

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