Iowa School Report Card: Clear Lake Achieves High Marks

In Clear Creek, District News, High School, Middle School by Henry Luker

The Iowa Department of Education has released their Iowa School Report Card data for the 2015-2016 school year. The Iowa School Report Card makes it easier for communities to access and understand important information about our schools; however, numbers and ratings do not make up the whole story.

Parents and community members can use the report card system to celebrate areas of growth and to ask questions, such as how our school is addressing a certain problem and what they can do to help. The district uses this to refine achievement goals, identify professional development needs, and to reflect on the effectiveness of school improvement efforts. Ultimately, we hope this helps in stimulating conversations throughout the community on how to better prepare students for success.

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.

For 2016, the Clear Lake Community School District received the following grades:

  • Clear Creek Elementaryhigh-performing (previously acceptable). 14% of Iowa elementary schools’ are high-performing or higher.
    • 90.1% of students were proficient in math (up 3.4%).
    • 90.6% of students were proficient in reading (up 5.4%).
  • Clear Lake Middle School: commendable (previously commendable). 35% of Iowa middle schools’ are commendable or higher.
    • 88.5% of students were proficient in math (down 0.4%).
    • 82.5% of students were proficient in reading (down 6%).
  • Clear Lake High Schoolcommendable (previously acceptable). 38% of Iowa high schools’ are commendable or higher.
    • 87% of students were proficient in math (up 7.2%).
    • 86.3% of students were proficient in reading (up 7.2%).

Note that the state proficiency average for math is 79.8% and the state proficiency average for reading is 77.7%.

The Iowa School Report Card was developed to meet a 2013 legislative requirement, aligning with Department of Education efforts to provide Iowans easier access to meaningful education statistics and to pair accountability and support for schools.

For more information about our district’s report card, please contact Doug Gee, Superintendent of Schools, at dgee@clearlakeschools.org or 641-357-2181.

Additional Resources:
Iowa School Report Card Quick Guide
Frequently Asked Questions