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DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

Education

Ann Lebo, Director

Mission Statement:
Mission is to champion excellence for all Iowa students through leadership and service.

Measures:
Iowa 4th graders proficient in reading
Iowa 8th graders proficient in math
Iowa 11th graders proficient in math
High school graduation rate by all students and by race/ethnicity

iJAG graduation rate

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Highlighted Measure:

Percentage of Iowa 4th graders performing at or above the proficient level on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). The ISASP is a new statewide assessment administered for the first time in Spring 2019.

NOTE: Assessment administration in Spring 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education.

Updated 11/09/2020




GRAPH - Iowa 4th grade reading proficiency

Why this is important:
Students performing at the Proficient level demonstrate adequate competency over the knowledge, skills, and abilities that meet the requirements for their grade level associated with academic readiness for college and career in the subject area.


What we're doing about this:
The education reform legislation that was proposed by the Governor in 2012, and the legislation ultimately passed by the General Assembly, placed a heavy emphasis on the importance of early childhood literacy. The State Board of Education was directed to adopt rules related to assessing reading proficiency and adopt standards to assure that students have the foundation to master grade four level reading skills prior to promotion to grade four. If students exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading, school districts must provide intensive reading instruction until the deficiency is remedied. The Director is required to esablish an Iowa Reading Research Center that will initially focus on grade kindergarten through grade three. Two million dollars was appropriated for the establishment of the Center.

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Highlighted Measure:

Percentage of Iowa 8th graders performing at or above the proficient level on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). The ISASP is a new statwide assessment administered for the first time in Spring 2019.

NOTE: Assessment administration in Spring 2020 was cencelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education

Updated 11/09/2020

 

 

GRAPH - Iowa 8th grade math proficiency

Why this is important:
Students performing at the Proficient level demonstrate adequate competency over the knowledge, skills, and abilities that meet the requirements for their grade level associated with academic readiness for college and career in the subject area.


What we're doing about this:
The Department is implementing a three-pronged approach designed to increase student performance in Iowa. The Department is focusing its efforts on quality educators, standards and curriculum, and customizing instruction. The Iowa Core raises standards for math, and the Department of Education is working with the AEAs to develop support for improved and customized instruction.


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Highlighted Measure:

Percentage of Iowa 11th graders performing at or above the proficient level on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP).  The ISASP is a new statewide assessment administered for the first time in spring 2019.

NOTE: Assessment administration in Spring 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education

Updated 11/09/2020



GRAPH - Iowa 11th Graders at or Above the Proficient Level on the ITBS Math Test

Why this is important:
Students performing at the Proficient level demonstrate adequate competency over the knowledge, skills, and abilities that meet the requirements for their grade level associated with academic readiness for college and career in the subject area.


What we're doing about this:
The Department is implementing a three-pronged approach designed to increase student performance in Iowa. The Department is focusing its efforts on quality educators, standards and curriculum, and customizing instruction. The Iowa Core raises standards for math, and the Department of Education is partnering with the AEAs to develop a statewide network of support for improved and customized instruction.

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Highlighted Measure:

Iowa Public High School Graduation Rate - for all students and by subgroup (percentage of students completing high school in four years).

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education

Updated 11/09/2020

 


 

 

Highlighted Measure:

Percentage of students who graduate from high school in four years compared with the percentage of students who take five years to complete high school.

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education

Updated 11/09/2020

GRAPH - High School graduation rate

* Individualized Education: Students participate in Special Education Program

* English Learners: Native language is not English and participate in English Learners program

* Low Socio-economic Status: Students eligible for free and reduced-price meals

* Multi-Racial: Non-Hispanic students identified as more than one race



GRAPH - High School graduation rate by race

Why this is important:
The Iowa Department of Education uses a cohort graduation rate formula. This allows school districts to keep careful accounting of each ninth grader as he or she progresses through high school. Although the graduation rate is based on students who complete high school in four years, the Iowa Department of Education also calculates extended year graduation rates for students who take five years to complete high school.


What we're doing about this:
All efforts designed to increase student achievement contribute to the goal of increasing graduation rates. The Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Area Education Agencies are building a systematic partnership to better serve the education needs of Iowa's children. This partnership, called Collaborating for Iowa Kids, focuses on a number of strategies including a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS).  MTSS is a program designed to identify struggling students early in order to customize instruction and provide additional supports before they get too far behind.


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