Date: December 16, 2015
To: Greene County CSD Patrons
From: Tim Christensen, Superintendent
Re: Iowa School Report Card
In 2013, the Iowa Legislature passed House File 215 which called for the development of a tool to provide the public with a snapshot of every Iowa public school’s performance on a variety of educational measures. In response to this legislation, the Iowa Department of Education has developed the Iowa School Report Card.
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 measures.
Proficiency: The percentage of students scoring proficient or better on reading and mathematics assessments.
College and Career-Ready Growth: The percentage of students who are making the year-to-year growth necessary to be ready for college and career training by the end of high school.
Annual Expected Growth: The percentage of students making a year of academic growth in a year’s time on reading and mathematics assessments.
Closing Achievement Gap: A measure that reflects a statewide goal of narrowing the gap in achievement for students with disabilities, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and English Language Learners.
College and Career Readiness: The percentage of students who score at or above a level of performance on reading and mathematics assessments that predicts a higher probability of postsecondary success. (Middle/high schools only.)
Graduation Rate: The percentage of ninth-grade students who finished high school within five years. (High schools only.)
Attendance: The average daily attendance of students, which is the total number of days students were enrolled and present divided by the total number of possible attendance days.
Staff Retention: The percentage of teachers, school administrators and other licensed staff members who remained employed in a school over consecutive school years.
*Two other required measures, parent involvement and community activities/involvement, will be defined and included in the Iowa School Report Card at a later date.
Exceptional, High Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority.
Ratings for Greene County Schools:
Greene County Elementary School: 64.6 points - Acceptable
Greene County Intermediate School: Unable to rate since only one year as Greene County.
Greene County Middle School: 63.9 points - Acceptable
Greene County High School: 67.4 points - Commendable
As a school district, we feel the Iowa School Report Card provides some good information and will start some great conversations across the state. I would like to remind everyone that this rating is based on limited data and is only a snapshot of our schools. As always, we will continue to work hard, improve, and grow as a school district.
The Iowa School Report Cards can be accessed at the following web address:
A Frequently Asked Questions Document can be accessed at the following link:
Iowa School Report Card - Frequently Asked Questions
If you have other questions related to the Iowa Student Report Card, you are encourage to contact Tim Christensen, Superintendent @ 515-386-4168.