The Iowa Department of Education has officially released its 2017 Iowa School Report Card, and the Central DeWitt Community School District’s schools continue to rate alongside some of the state’s finest. The Iowa School Report Card is a web-based grading system that illustrates how each public school in the state of Iowa is performing. Schools are examined in a variety of areas ranging from math and reading proficiency to student attendance and graduation rates. In an effort to give an all-encompassing report of a school, the grading system goes so far as to examine staff retention as one of eight individual indicators. With such info in hand, the Iowa Department of Education then ranks each public school on a six-tier scale of: “Exceptional,” “High Performing,” “Commendable,” “Acceptable,” “Needs Improvement” and “Priority.”
This year, Central DeWitt High School was awarded the highest praise of any area school with its “High Performing” mark; it was among only 8.8 percent of schools in the state to receive such praise. Both Central DeWitt Middle School and Central DeWitt Intermediate School received “Acceptable” marks. Central DeWitt Ekstrand Elementary did not receive a grade as only one grade level (3rd grade) reports Iowa Assessment results, and 60 percent of a building must report results to meet grading requirements.
These results come as no surprise to CDCSD Superintendent, Dr. Dan Peterson. He assuredly believes, “The Central DeWitt staff continues to provide a stellar educational opportunity for our amazing students, and this report provides a nice reflection of the efforts of everyone involved in continuing to push our district towards greater achievement.”