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What is the Iowa School Report Card?

The Iowa School Report Card is a new system to show how each public school is performing on certain educational measures. The system assigns schools one of six overall ratings: Exceptional, High-Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority. The ratings are based on each school’s performance over a two-year period on up to eight educational measures.

The Iowa School Report Card was developed by the Iowa Department of Education. The site meets a legislative requirement and aligns with Department efforts to provide Iowans easier access to meaningful education statistics and to pair accountability and support for schools.  

The ratings are based on the following educational measures: More...

  • 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.

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