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Iowa School Performance Profiles Released

The Iowa Department of Education recently released new online reports showing how public schools performed in a new accountability system that meets the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal education law that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.

The new reports, called the Iowa School Performance Profiles, includes each school’s scores on a set of accountability measures. The reports display scores base on a school’s overall performance, as well as the performance of subgroups of students, such as children from low-income backgrounds.

The accountability measures include a unique indicator of school climate based on student surveys of engagement, safety and overall learning environment called Conditions of Learning. The other measures are: Student participation on state assessments, academic achievement, student academic growth, graduation rate, and progress in achieving English language proficiency.  A post-secondary readiness measure will be added in 2019.

The new accountability system emphasizes student growth as measured by results on state assessments for year to year. This approach was based on feedback from Iowans who wanted a change from a previous federal accountability system that emphasized proficiency.

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise stated, “While proficiency matters, schools also deserve credit for making significant progress with students.”

Of Iowa’s 1,302 public schools:

  • 34 are identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement. Schools receive this designation either because their overall scores fall within the lowest 5% of Iowa schools receiving Title 1 funds, or because they are high schools with a graduation rate below 67.1%
  • 307 are identified for Target Support and Improvement. Schools receive this designation if one or more student subgroups score is as low as the lowest 5% of schools in the state.

The schools that makeup Alta-Aurelia did not receive a Comprehensive or Targeted designation.

Identified schools receive support from the state and area education agencies and will develop improvement plans with input from local stakeholders. Schools also will have an opportunity to put resources toward a cohesive improvement effort.

Even though Alta-Aurelia Schools did not receive a Comprehensive or Targeted designation, and we are very proud of the work we have done on improving student achievement, we know we still have work to do. By taking a comprehensive school improvement approach to improve student achievement in our district we intend to continue those upward trends.  Staff member teams have already begun the process to improve our MTSS model (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) to assist students in improving academic performance in Reading and Math. Feedback from the recently conducted district needs assessment survey will also be used toward our own cohesive and systemic improvement efforts.

To access the Iowa School Performance Profiles visit

For more information on the Every Student Succeeds Act in Iowa, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website at