Recently, the Iowa Department of Education updated the Iowa School Report Card, a system in which schools across Iowa are individually graded by a series of variables.
According to the Iowa School Report Card, “the ratings are based on each school’s performance over a two-year period on up to eight educational measures.” The information is used from both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.
The eight educational measures are as follows: “Proficiency,” “Closing Gap (FRL, IEP, ELL),” Closing Gap (Minority Student within school comparison),” “Closing Gap (Minority Student to state average),” “College and Career Ready Growth,” “Annual Expected Growth,” “Attendance,” and “Staff Retention.”
After two years of measurement of each category, each school receives one of the six specific ratings: “Exceptional,” “High-Performing,” “Commendable,” “Acceptable,” “Needs Improvement,” and “Priority.”
Once each category has a specific rating, a school then receives an overall rating, which accumulates to the average of each category pooled together.
The Woodward-Granger School District was graded, receiving scores similar to previous years.
The Woodward-Granger Elementary School received a rating of “Acceptable,” earning an overall score of 66.2 out of 100 points. The Elementary received its highest score in “Attendance,” earning a 96.6 percent.
Both the Woodward-Granger Middle and High School received a rating of “Commendable.” The Middle School received 64.1 out of 100 points, while the High School received 67 out of 100 points.
The Middle School earned its highest Attendance as well, receiving a score of 95.1 percent.
“Graduation Rate” was the highest score for the Woodward-Granger High School, receiving a score total of 94 percent. “Attendance” came in a close second, marking up a score of 93.6 percent.
The Perry School District was graded in the process, measuring each school individually.
The Perry Elementary School received an overall rating of “Acceptable,” which is an overall increase from the school’s previous rating of “Commendable.” The Elementary school received 64.5 out of a 100 point scale.
Additionally, the middle school is showing an “average improvement of 2.13 percent,” according to information sent from the Perry School District.
The Perry Middle School received an overall rating of “Acceptable,” scoring 57.5 points out of a 100 point scale.
According to information sent from the Perry Community School District, “one highlight is that the achievement gap among students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, identified as English Language Learners or received Special Education services and students who do not fall into any of these categories decreased by 2.5 percent from 2014 to 2015.”
The Perry High School received an overall rating of “Needs Improvement,” scoring 56.5 points out of a 100 point scale.
“We’re not going to hide behind our scores,” Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger said. “We’re going to continue to try and get better.”
Perry High School received a score of 92 out of 100 on Graduating Rates, meaning students in ninth grade who complete high school in five years. The Iowa Report Card says that a five year timeline is because “the vast majority of students, including general education or special education students, are able to complete within a five year timeline.”
The highest score was in the Attendance category, earning 93.3 out of 100 for the high school. According to the Iowa School Report Card, attendance is measured by the days enrolled in the institution divided by the days a student misses school.
“We take it as a way that we need to improve,” Marbuger said. “I can’t tell you that our pride doesn’t get hurt, but we’re working really hard.”
Along with the report card results, Iowa’s Postsecondary Readiness Reports revealed information regarding Perry High School’s stance.
The results indicated that 61.2 percent of graduates from 2012-2014 enrolled in a college or university within one year of graduation. From 2013-2014, 70 percent of the Perry graduates enrolled into either a two-year or four-year college or university. The Perry Community District also states that no enrollment data was found for 30 percent of students.
All of the information regarding specific scoring is accessible online through the Iowa Report Card website.