The state has released new information on school performance as required by a federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A new online reporting tool called the Iowa School Performance Profiles reflects how public schools performed on a set of core accountability measures including:
The new accountability system places the greatest emphasis on growth. This is a change from the federally prescribed targets of the past, which emphasized student proficiency.
The tool displays a school’s score based on overall performance, as well as scores based on the performance of subgroups of students. These subgroups include students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, students receiving special education services, English learners, and students from racial/ethnic minority groups. You can view the Bettendorf Community School District scores and results on the Iowa School Performance Profiles site.
Based on the scores, two of our schools have been identified for additional support and improvement. These determinations are not punitive; rather, they come with funding and support.
Our schools meeting targeted status: (State Average 54.91 out of 100 points)
Our schools identified for targeted support because of student subgroups that performed lower than the state required cutoff score (43.85). Schools exit targeted status when they have demonstrated consistent improvement at the end of three years.
Over the next three years, the Bettendorf Community School District will receive federal funding and/or resources from the state and our area education agency for Bettendorf Middle School and Grant Wood Elementary. With this support, we will create a local team to develop and implement a plan for improvement that fits the individual needs of the schools. We look forward to addressing our schools’ needs through this process, which we view as an opportunity to build on the great things we have going on.
You can help by providing input as we develop our improvement plan and by continuing to support our school, our staff, and our students. This is a new system, and to help coordinate a smooth transition, we plan to continue to fine tune our responses to student needs based on the available data. We welcome your thoughts:
To locate our school’s results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Performance Profiles and ESSA, visit the following website: www.iaschoolperformance.gov