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The year is off to a great start. I have had the opportunity to walk through all of our classrooms and I see great things happening everywhere. We are refining literacy instruction and further implementing ‘Everyday Math’. We continue to apply Fisher’s instructional principles of Gradual Release of Responsibilities. Our staff works hard in the early dismissal Friday professional development time. Our students are engaged and it is a lot of fun to see the teacher and student interactions. Falcon Pride abounds!
The Iowa Department of Education has submitted our action plan to the Federal Department of Education for review. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be reviewed by Federal officials and the state will be notified if it passes or needs a rewrite within a couple months. Under the new Federal guidelines, the states will be responsible for identifying which schools need improvement. The following indicators will be used for the State Department of Education to decide which schools need to improve: student participation, academic achievement, student growth, graduation rate, progress in achieving English language proficiency, conditions of learning, and post-secondary readiness. In my eyes we do pretty well in a number of these categories. Our 2016 graduation rate is 98.11%. The states target is 95% for all students. Post-secondary readiness, our 2017 graduates’ composite average is 22.7 compared to the state average of 21.9. Our annual improvement goals, which are board-approved each year, strives for 100% of our students to be at or above proficiency or achieve a minimum of one year’s growth on our state assessment. Read more
The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status (for programs), creed or disability. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups including those of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, and socio-economic background, as well as men and women, to society. The programs include contributions and perspectives of Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and European Americans. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator.