The Iowa School Report Card, http://reports.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard, aa web-based rating system to show how each public school is performing on certain educational measures. Schools receive a score for eight individual indicators, and those scores are combined into an overall score. Based on the overall score, one of the following ratings is assigned to each school: Exceptional, High-Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority. The Iowa School Report Card is designed to inform Iowans and to enhance local conversations about school strengths and challenges.

The Iowa Department of Education developed the system in response to a 2013 legislative requirement (House File 215) and it includes information on some measures of achievement, including student proficiency rates in math and reading, student academic growth, narrowing achievement gaps among students, college and career readiness, student attendance, graduation rates, and staff retention. (For a complete list of indicators and their definitions, visit the Iowa School Report Card Quick Guide.) It’s also important to note that much of the information in the report card system comes from a single measure, on one day of the school year. Teachers and administrators here at Osage Community School District use many measures, some much deeper and more meaningful, to tell us about student learning.

As a school district, we have some celebrations in the Iowa School Report Card ratings. Among those are the Commendable Rating for the High School with outstanding graduation rates, proficiency rates, attendance and teacher retention. Elementary and Middle School had similar results for proficiency rates and attendance.

We also have some areas for growth including our college and career readiness growth, and closing the gap in achievement for all learners. We will work hard to improve in all areas and to help our students be the best they can be.

As a leader, I have a great admiration and respect for the staff serving our children. Collectively, we work hard each day to provide our children with the highest quality education possible. As a staff, we are meeting and discussing the results of this year’s report card and identified actions we will take to ensure that our results continue to improve.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have specific questions related to this information.

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