Iowa School Report Card Information
The Iowa Department of Education has just released new online reports called the Iowa School Performance Profiles. These reports include each school’s scores on a set of accountability measures that are consistent throughout Iowa’s 1,302 public schools. These indicators are required as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA focuses on equitable access to education, high standards and accountability, and a decrease in achievement gaps across groups of students including students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, students from major ethnic and racial groups, English learners, students of military-connected families, as well as students who are a part of migrant families, homeless, or in foster care.
The Iowa School Performance Profiles include each school’s scores on a set of accountability measures. These measures include:
- Student participation in state assessments
- Academic achievement
- Student academic growth
- Graduation rate (high schools only)
- Progress in achieving English language proficiency (for English as a Second Language students)
A postsecondary readiness measure will be added for high schools in 2019.
Proficiency is important, particularly in reading and math, however, this new accountability system emphasizes student growth as measured by results on state assessments from year to year. This will show schools that are making significant progress with students.