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Iowa School Performance Profiles

The Iowa Department of Education recently released new results and features in an online school accountability reporting system called the Iowa School Performance Profiles. The Iowa School Performance Profiles, launched in 2018, meets state and federal requirements to publish report cards reflecting the performance of all public schools.

The Iowa School Performance Profiles website shows:

  • Updated scores and ratings for all public schools based on how they performed on a set of accountability measures in the 2020-21 school year.
  • Postsecondary readiness indicators for public high schools based on student participation and scores on college entrance exams, participation in postsecondary or advanced coursework and percentage of students who are focused on career and technical education within one of six service areas defined in Iowa Code 256.11(5)h.
  • The ability to search and compare school building, school district and state-level performance data.
  • Additional data that are required by law but do not count toward accountability scores.

The latest scores reflect results of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP), which all 327 public school districts administered last spring. 

Urbandale Community School District Highlights:

  • UHS Graduation rate (4 year) is 0.71% higher than the previous report and (5 year) is 1.78% higher than the previous report.
  • The percent of UHS students who take college-level, postsecondary, or advanced coursework (92.09%) far exceeds the state average of 78.03%.
  • Despite the challenging circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools maintained their overall rating.
  • Since the creation of the Iowa School Performance Profiles and the revision of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, Urbandale is one of only a few districts in the greater Des Moines metro area to have no schools identified as needing additional support to be successful.

“In spite of the challenges our schools faced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud our ratings were maintained in most schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Rosalie Daca. “Since the inception of ESSA, no UCSD school has ever been targeted for additional assistance or improvement. Early Fall achievement data is encouraging and efforts continue to meet the needs of all UCSD learners. We are proud of the work our teachers and staff are doing to Teach all Reach all.” 

Of particular note is that while the performance scores and rankings have been updated for all public schools, no new schools have been identified for additional support and improvement. The U.S. Department of Education waived this requirement for the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools previously designated for additional support will continue with their current designations.

“This is an important tool for families, educators and other stakeholders to understand how their schools are performing and to help determine next steps for moving forward,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “The Iowa School Performance Profiles can assist communities in data-driven decision-making, but it doesn’t tell the whole story about our schools. It’s important to understand the challenges brought on by the pandemic, and to take that into account when looking at the 2021 performance scores.”

Between 2019 (the last time that the ISASP was administered) and 2021, the number of schools in the Exceptional category decreased by six and the number of schools in the High Performing category decreased by 26. Conversely, the number of schools in the Needs Improvement and Priority categories (the lowest two categories), increased by seven and 21 schools, respectively.  When comparing performance scores from 2019 to 2021, it is important to take into account the disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic had on schools during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.

Congratulations to UCSD students for the hard work, determination, and dedication it takes to learn at high levels—especially while navigating all of the complexities of COVID-19. Thank you to parents, staff, teachers, administrators, board members, and community members for your support and partnership in helping students succeed. We are incredibly #proudofU! 

(We thank the Iowa Department of Education for portions of this news release.)