On December 13, 2017 the Iowa Department of Education relased the latest results of the Iowa School Report Card, a web-based school ratings system.

The Iowa School Report Card, which was launched in 2015 as part of a state legislative requirement, rates public schools on some measures of achievement. They include 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.

North Bend Elementary received a "High Performing" rating, one of the 8.8% of Iowa Schools to receive this rating.

The Iowa School Report Card is updated annually to reflect the most recent statewide student assessment results. For most measures, school ratings are based on data from the 2016-17 and 2015-16 school years.  A lack of alignment between Iowa’s statewide test, the Iowa Assessments, and statewide standards also could have impacted scores. A lack of alignment, Staci Hupp a Education Department spokesperson said, means “what is being taught in the classroom is not being tested. ”Statewide, 20.5 percent of Iowa public schools received a higher overall rating than last year, while the rest stayed the same (50.9 percent) or received a lower rating (28.6 percent). The state intended to begin using new assessments as early as next school year, but the development of those tests is on pause as the education company Pearson is challenging the Iowa Department of Education’s award of the contract. Because several measures on the report card are based on statewide assessment results, overall school ratings reflect a decline in proficiency rates. The following chart shows the distribution of school ratings in 2017 and 2016:

 

Exceptional

High-Performing

Commendable

Acceptable

Needs Improvement

Priority

2017

2.2%

8.8%

26.4%

41.5%

15.3%

5.8%

2016

2.1%

10%

30.6%

38.1%

13.2%

5.9%

“We still need to figure what the Every Student Succeeds Act report card is going to look like, and whether that’s going to be a separate entity,” Hupp said.

“These results reinforce the need to continue moving forward with the bold education initiatives Iowa has put in place to strengthen instruction and prepare students for success in high school and beyond,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “It’s encouraging that we’ve made significant progress statewide in improving the reading skills of children in kindergarten through third grade, as shown on early literacy screening assessments given three times a year. I’m also proud that Iowa continues to lead the nation in high school graduation rates.

The mission of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District is to prepare students to be productive, responsible,
community members by providing an environment that inspires quality life-long learning.