SCORES--READING GRADES TESTED IN 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015

9-10-15

Greetings Governor Branstad, Dept. of Education Director, Ryan Wise and all--

The district test scores herein are the first ever reported by grade level, for all Iowa schools tested in reading.  2014-2015 test scores for grades tested in 338 Iowa school districts were provided by the Department of Education (DE) as requested, and are provided by Iowalive in the table below in district alphabetical order.  

The DE redacted scores for some districts and grades to prevent personal identification of top scoring students in small classes

This is most curious since in athletics, scores for the top athletes are routinely posted and reported in newspapers!!  It is also curious that reading scores are excluded for students not enrolled in a district for a full year.   This is not the case for athletes who spend less than a full year in a district.   It strongly appears educators are trying to hide student academic achievement, as if it doesn’t matter, or is shameful. 

Please note that the Grand Total, and a few other scores, posted  herein might differ slightly from those released by the DE Report Card, because of above exclusions. 

Last year’s comparable scores, except for number of schools ranked, are posted on website  http://www.iowalive.net/readinggradestested2013-2014.htm  if you want to make more comparisons. 

There are 3 National Percentile Rank (NPR) Proficiency Standard levels shown in the table.  The 41st , claimed and reported in Iowa, is the lowest in the Midwest.  The 65th is the National standard used by most U. S. schools.  It is the level considered by NCLB to be at National grade level.   The 95th is the standard comparable to International schools. 

The Iowa Department of Education and Governor Vilsack fought the feds for nearly a year and adopted the pathetic 41st NPR Iowa standard.  This means Iowa students are bogusly claimed expert when scoring 9 percentage points BELOW the national average.   Governor Branstad and DE Director Ryan Wise could raise it to the 65th or 95th in a day, if they really cared about Iowa kids.   Local school boards could do the  same for each district, but they won’t!  They don't want anyone to know the honest score!

The NPR Proficiency standards are discussed in more detail on website:  HOW & WHY IOWA ADOPTED THE  LOWEST STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARD IN MIDWEST  http://www.iowalive.net/baxterperformance.htm  and OVER 90% OF IOWA STUDENTS CAN'T COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY

TABLE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT & GRADE LEVEL SCORES  FOR ONLY THOSE STUDENTS TESTED AND REPORTED IN READING

There is no correlation between number tested and percent proficient, so school, grade and class size are not factors.

The Percent Below Grade Level in the Table Would be Retained in Grade if Treated as 3rd Graders Will be Treated in 2016

IOWA'S 8 LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE SHOWN IN RED

READING PROFICIENCY--2014-2015. NA = SMALL CLASS SIZE OR REDACTED TO PREVENT IDENTIFICATION OF TOP STUDENTS. EXCLUDES STUDENTS NOT ENROLLED IN A DISTRICT FOR A FULL YEAR, AS IF THEY DON'T MATTER. Source: Iowa Dept. of Education & Iowalive 9-10-15  
School District Average and Each Grade Level Tested Number Full Academic Year Tested *Percent Claimed Proficient at Pathetic 41st  NPR Iowa Grade Level Percent Proficient at 65th NPR National Grade Level Percent Below National Grade Level Percent Below 95th NPR International Grade Level
Adair-Casey CSD 169 70.41 45.56 54.44 89.94
3 18 72.22 44.44 55.56 88.89
4 26 61.54 50.00 50.00 76.92
5 24 87.50 62.50 37.50 79.17
6 17 76.47 58.82 41.18 100.00
7 23 60.87 43.48 56.52 91.30
8 22 59.09 27.27 72.73 95.45
10 14 78.57 50.00 50.00 92.86
11 25 72.00 32.00 68.00 100.00
Adel DeSoto Minburn CSD 882 86.51 64.40 35.60 77.10
3 125 73.60 50.40 49.60 84.00
4 116 80.17 59.48 40.52 74.14
5 94 92.55 62.77 37.23 72.34
6 113 84.07 64.60 35.40 76.11
7 112 84.82 60.71 39.29 75.00
8 106 92.45 72.64 27.36 74.53
10 111 97.30 79.28 20.72 70.27
11 105 90.48 67.62 32.38 89.52
AGWSR CSD 280 79.29 55.36 44.64 88.21
3 38 81.58 50.00 50.00 86.84
4 41 68.29 46.34 53.66 90.24
5 38 65.79 55.26 44.74 84.21
6 29 79.31 65.52 34.48 89.66
7 25 84.00 52.00 48.00 80.00
8 39 79.49 56.41 43.59 84.62
10 37 97.30 75.68 24.32 89.19
11 33 81.82 42.42 57.58 100.00
A-H-S-T CSD 321 76.32 48.60 51.40 90.97
3 33 63.64 33.33 66.67 90.91
4 32 71.88 46.88 53.13 96.88
5 33 72.73 51.52 48.48 81.82
6 37 75.68 59.46 40.54 89.19
7 42 73.81 38.10 61.90 90.48
8 37 67.57 45.95 54.05 83.78
10 57 91.23 64.91 35.09 91.23
11 50 82.00 42.00 58.00 100.00
Akron Westfield CSD 274 78.47 54.74 45.26 87.96
3 38 86.84 57.89 42.11 76.32
4 35 68.57 54.29 45.71 82.86
5 31 77.42 45.16 54.84 83.87
6 29 62.07 55.17 44.83 93.10
7 38 71.05 50.00 50.00 94.74
8 27 77.78 62.96 37.04 81.48
10 44 88.64 63.64 36.36 90.91
11 32 90.63 46.88 53.13 100.00
Albert City-Truesdale CSD 44 72.73 45.45 54.55 90.91
3 redacted redacted redacted NA NA
4 15 73.33 33.33 66.67 86.67
5 redacted redacted redacted NA NA
6 17 70.59 47.06 52.94 100.00
Albia CSD 630 75.56 47.46 52.54 88.10
3 82 69.51 41.46 58.54 89.02
4 80 67.50 43.75 56.25 83.75
5 80 80.00 57.50 42.50 71.25
6 79 67.09 49.37 50.63 93.67
7 77 70.13 50.65 49.35 84.42
8 72 76.39 43.06 56.94 91.67
10 75 90.67 60.00 40.00 93.33
11 85 83.53 35.29 64.71 97.65
Alburnett CSD 355 76.06 51.27 48.73 84.79
3 51 66.67 45.10 54.90 82.35
4 40 72.50 62.50 37.50 77.50
5 43 79.07 58.14 41.86 83.72
6 45 57.78 40.00 60.00 82.22
7 44 81.82 52.27 47.73 86.36
8 47 78.72 57.45 42.55 85.11
10 37 94.59 64.86 35.14 81.08
11 48 81.25 35.42 64.58 97.92
Alden CSD 157 70.70 43.95 56.05 89.81
3 29 51.72 31.03 68.97 93.10
4 18 55.56 38.89 61.11 94.44
5 21 76.19 47.62 52.38 85.71
6 89 78.65 48.31 51.69 88.76
Algona CSD 732 79.51 53.55 46.45 85.79
3 101 79.21 55.45 44.55 82.18
4 86 70.93 44.19 55.81 82.56
5 85 67.06 51.76 48.24 91.76
6 90 85.56 60.00 40.00 87.78
7 97 86.60 59.79 40.21 82.47
8 94 73.40 42.55 57.45 77.66
10 79 89.87 68.35 31.65 83.54
11 100 83.00 48.00 52.00 98.00
Allamakee CSD 633 81.83 56.87 43.13 83.25
3 76 77.63 61.84 38.16 78.95
4 67 85.07 65.67 34.33 77.61
5 68 83.82 51.47 48.53 77.94
6 94 73.40 46.81 53.19 89.36
7 61 77.05 50.82 49.18 78.69
8 79 79.75 55.70 44.30 84.81
10 100 90.00 70.00 30.00 84.00
11 88 86.36 51.14 48.86 89.77
Alta CSD 202 77.72 50.00 50.00 86.14
3 37 75.68 62.16 37.84 83.78
4 38 52.63 31.58 68.42 84.21
5 33 69.70 48.48 51.52 78.79
10 42 95.24 61.90 38.10 88.10
11 52 88.46 46.15 53.85 92.31
Ames CSD 2,155 86.40 72.44 27.56 65.66
3 255 83.14 66.27 33.73 70.98
4 247 83.81 71.66 28.34 61.54
5 304 85.20 70.07 29.93 57.89
6 247 84.62 73.68 26.32 67.21
7 280 86.43 70.71 29.29 62.86
8 285 85.26 70.53 29.47 62.81
10 273 92.67 80.22 19.78 65.57
11 264 89.77 76.52 23.48 78.03
Anamosa CSD 668 73.50 46.41 53.59 87.57
3 79 69.62 41.77 58.23 91.14
4 75 70.67 52.00 48.00 81.33
5 75 73.33 53.33 46.67 74.67
6 78 57.69 33.33 66.67 93.59
7 97 73.20 48.45 51.55 89.69
8 91 79.12 50.55 49.45 82.42
10 81 82.72 54.32 45.68 90.12
11 92 79.35 38.04 61.96 95.65
Andrew CSD 93 76.34 55.91 44.09 84.95
3 17 70.59 52.94 47.06 94.12
4 10 90.00 90.00 10.00 70.00
5 19 84.21 52.63 47.37 89.47
6 14 57.14 28.57 71.43 100.00
7 19 84.21 63.16 36.84 73.68
8 14 71.43 57.14 42.86 78.57
Ankeny C S D 5,715 86.96 68.61 31.39 73.93
3 784 83.93 64.41 35.59 78.70
4 771 83.40 69.00 31.00 65.89
5 763 85.85 68.41 31.59 66.71
6 722 80.89 65.10 34.90 76.87
7 742 87.20 64.42 35.58 72.24
8 685 88.76 69.34 30.66 71.97
10 634 94.01 80.60 19.40 72.71
11 614 94.30 69.71 30.29 88.93
Aplington-Parkersburg CSD 475 78.11 52.21 47.79 89.47
3 52 78.85 59.62 40.38 78.85
4 60 85.00 63.33 36.67 83.33
5 54 77.78 51.85 48.15 87.04
6 51 66.67 33.33 66.67 98.04
7 65 69.23 47.69 52.31 89.23
8 53 69.81 50.94 49.06 86.79
10 68 85.29 61.76 38.24 92.65
11 72 87.50 47.22 52.78 97.22
Ar-We-Va CSD 111 86.49 57.66 42.34 86.49
3 13 84.62 76.92 23.08 76.92
4 14 71.43 57.14 42.86 78.57
5 13 84.62 61.54 38.46 92.31
6 16 75.00 50.00 50.00 100.00
7 13 84.62 61.54 38.46 92.31
8 12 91.67 58.33 41.67 66.67
10 17 100.00 70.59 29.41 88.24
11 13 100.00 23.08 76.92 92.31
Atlantic CSD 782 76.21 54.73 45.27 83.76
3 107 72.90 49.53 50.47 90.65
4 106 66.98 52.83 47.17 79.25
5 91 74.73 53.85 46.15 82.42
6 104 69.23 50.00 50.00 88.46
7 96 82.29 58.33 41.67 73.96
8 98 77.55 57.14 42.86 75.51
10 104 87.50 64.42 35.58 84.62
11 76 80.26 51.32 48.68 97.37
Audubon CSD 291 80.76 53.26 46.74 87.29
3 36 80.56 52.78 47.22 91.67
4 28 60.71 39.29 60.71 78.57
5 37 86.49 64.86 35.14 72.97
6 38 76.32 57.89 42.11 86.84
7 36 75.00 52.78 47.22 88.89
8 27 77.78 29.63 70.37 96.30
10 36 91.67 66.67 33.33 83.33
11 53 88.68 52.83 47.17 96.23
Aurelia CSD 194 68.56 43.81 56.19 85.57
3 10 80.00 70.00 30.00 60.00
4 11 63.64 54.55 45.45 72.73
5 14 71.43 50.00 50.00 85.71
6 52 51.92 34.62 65.38 90.38
7 54 74.07 48.15 51.85 92.59
8 53 77.36 39.62 60.38 81.13
Ballard CSD 923 77.90 56.34 43.66 83.10
3 98 71.43 50.00 50.00 77.55
4 109 69.72 53.21 46.79 83.49
5 104 70.19 51.92 48.08 75.96
6 134 73.88 62.69 37.31 84.33
7 124 79.84 53.23 46.77 79.84
8 113 83.19 60.18 39.82 84.07
10 130 90.77 66.15 33.85 80.77
11 111 81.08 49.55 50.45 98.20
Battle Creek-Ida Grove CSD 243 79.84 58.44 41.56 85.60
3 54 77.78 55.56 44.44 87.04
4 39 74.36 51.28 48.72 79.49
5 49 71.43 57.14 42.86 81.63
8 redacted redacted redacted NA NA
10 49 89.80 71.43 28.57 85.71
11 51 84.31 56.86 43.14 92.16
Baxter CSD 236 76.27 51.27 48.73 85.17
3 35 68.57 57.14 42.86 88.57
4 34 58.82 38.24 61.76 85.29
5 22 86.36 63.64 36.36 59.09
6 27 81.48 62.96 37.04 85.19
7 27 66.67 48.15 51.85 81.48
8 30 86.67 53.33 46.67 93.33
10 31 77.42 48.39 51.61 83.87
11 30 90.00 43.33 56.67 96.67
BCLUW CSD 347 76.66 52.45 47.55 89.91
3 40 60.00 32.50 67.50 95.00
4 38 71.05 39.47 60.53 92.11
5 45 64.44 51.11 48.89 82.22
6 37 81.08 70.27 29.73 78.38
7 38 81.58 57.89 42.11 92.11
8 52 80.77 59.62 40.38 88.46
10 49 91.84 59.18 40.82 91.84
11 48 79.17 47.92 52.08 97.92
Bedford CSD 246 84.15 56.91 43.09 80.49
3 41 78.05 48.78 51.22 87.80
4 23 73.91 56.52 43.48 78.26
5 30 66.67 50.00 50.00 66.67
6 26 88.46 73.08 26.92 73.08
7 29 86.21 44.83 55.17 82.76
8 26 88.46 69.23 30.77 76.92
10 36 88.89 61.11 38.89 77.78
11 35 100.00 57.14 42.86 94.29
Belle Plaine CSD 307 77.52 51.14 48.86 85.67
3 24 91.67 79.17 20.83 70.83
4 42 69.05 40.48 59.52 85.71
5 47 89.36 61.70 38.30 78.72
6 36 69.44 44.44 55.56 94.44
7 42 66.67 42.86 57.14 88.10
8 46 76.09 45.65 54.35 86.96
10 36 88.89 63.89 36.11 77.78
11 34 73.53 41.18 58.82 100.00
Bellevue CSD 368 75.54 51.63 48.37 84.24
3 45 66.67 53.33 46.67 77.78
4 36 75.00 66.67 33.33 72.22
5 40 82.50 62.50 37.50 85.00
6 40 57.50 45.00 55.00 70.00
7 53 67.92 43.40 56.60 88.68
8 55 80.00 58.18 41.82 89.09
10 48 89.58 47.92 52.08 85.42
11 51 82.35 41.18 58.82 98.04
Belmond-Klemme CSD 379 80.21 50.13 49.87 85.49
3 35 57.14 31.43 68.57 97.14
4 54 77.78 44.44 55.56 79.63
5 64 87.50 60.94 39.06 71.88
6 50 80.00 58.00 42.00 88.00
7 43 72.09 44.19 55.81 90.70
8 38 81.58 50.00 50.00 84.21
10 56 92.86 69.64 30.36 85.71
11 39 82.05 25.64 74.36 97.44
Bennett CSD 40 65.00 47.50 52.50 85.00
3 redacted redacted redacted NA NA
4 redacted redacted redacted NA NA
5 12 50.00 41.67 58.33 75.00
6 12 66.67 41.67 58.33 91.67
Benton CSD 801 82.02 55.06 44.94 85.52
3 90 72.22 41.11 58.89 90.00
4 92 76.09 47.83 52.17 81.52
5 111 80.18 54.95 45.05 81.08
6 112 86.61 63.39 36.61 81.25
7 89 80.90 44.94 55.06 93.26
8 100 87.00 64.00 36.00 75.00
10 109 88.07 70.64 29.36 88.07
11 98 82.65 47.96 52.04 95.92
Bettendorf CSD 2,495 82.77 60.40 39.60 79.88
3 274 79.56 58.39 41.61 80.66
4 276 75.00 60.51 39.49 75.00
5 296 85.47 67.57 32.43 65.54
6 294 80.95 64.63 35.37 77.21
7 322 81.99 56.52 43.48 79.19
8 336 77.38 51.49 48.51 83.04
10 358 92.46 70.11 29.89 79.33
11 339 86.73 54.28 45.72 96.17
Bondurant-Farrar CSD 982 81.36 58.86 41.14 81.47
3 149 75.17 50.34 49.66 87.25
4 140 74.29 55.71 44.29 76.43
5 115 81.74 65.22 34.78 75.65
6 128 78.13 60.94 39.06 82.03
7 120 85.00 60.00 40.00 75.83
8 117 86.32 57.26 42.74 83.76
10 108 89.81 71.30 28.70 79.63
11 105 84.76 53.33 46.67 91.43
Boone CSD 1,069 78.77 52.20 47.80 87.75
3 130 63.85 38.46 61.54 88.46
4 108 86.11 69.44 30.56 81.48
5 112 72.32 56.25 43.75 80.36
6 125 76.00 52.80 47.20 88.80
7 140 72.14 35.71 64.29 92.86
8 136 77.94 47.79 52.21 88.97
10 162 93.21 69.75 30.25 79.63
11 156 84.62 48.72 51.28 98.72
Boyden-Hull CSD 369 83.20 58.54 41.46 79.95
3 47 89.36 63.83 36.17 82.98
4 45 82.22 62.22 37.78 66.67
5 49 69.39 46.94 53.06 89.80
6 49 87.76 73.47 26.53 81.63
7 48 83.33 56.25 43.75 72.92
8 44 84.09 52.27 47.73 72.73
10 42 92.86 64.29 35.71 83.33
11 45 77.78 48.89 51.11 88.89
Boyer Valley CSD 239 68.62 41.42 58.58 92.05
3 25 64.00 48.00 52.00 88.00
4 23 47.83 26.09 73.91 95.65
5 31 67.74 35.48 64.52 93.55
6 36 69.44 38.89 61.11 91.67
7 31 74.19 48.39 51.61 87.10
8 33 54.55 33.33 66.67 93.94
10 33 87.88 63.64 36.36 90.91
11 27 77.78 33.33 66.67 96.30
Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom CSD 310 75.81 49.03 50.97 83.87
3 34 79.41 70.59 29.41 70.59
4 39 76.92 48.72 51.28 74.36
5 34 70.59 41.18 58.82 79.41
6 28 85.71 71.43 28.57 71.43
7 39 69.23 35.90 64.10 87.18
8 44 72.73 52.27 47.73 81.82
10 39 76.92 56.41 43.59 97.44
11 53 77.36 30.19 69.81 98.11
Burlington CSD 2,061 66.38 44.74 55.26 87.05
3 286 66.43 44.76 55.24 83.92
4 250 69.20 52.00 48.00 84.00
5 278 69.06 46.40 53.60 82.37
6 276 60.14 43.12 56.88 86.59
7 279 60.57 36.92 63.08 88.17
8 233 59.66 40.77 59.23 88.84
10 228 77.63 55.70 44.30 88.16
11 231 70.13 39.39 60.61 96.10
CAL CSD 123 58.54 30.89 69.11 92.68
3 16 31.25 18.75 81.25 87.50
4 19 42.11 10.53 89.47 89.47
5 16 81.25 43.75 56.25 93.75
6 17 35.29 29.41 70.59 94.12
7 14 64.29 35.71 64.29 92.86
8 13 69.23 30.77 69.23 84.62
10 16 75.00 50.00 50.00 100.00
11 12 83.33 33.33 66.67 100.00
Calamus-Wheatland CSD 280 76.43 51.07 48.93 88.93
3 30 80.00 46.67 53.33 96.67
4 30 70.00 60.00 40.00 73.33
5 26 61.54 34.62 65.38 100.00
6 35 60.00 37.14 62.86 94.29
7 34 73.53 52.94 47.06 82.35
8 46 76.09 50.00 50.00 84.78
10 42 97.62 78.57 21.43 85.71
11 37 83.78 40.54 59.46 97.30
CAM CSD 354 77.97 51.98 48.02 86.44
3 33 72.73 51.52 48.48 96.97
4 38 71.05 50.00 50.00 78.95
5 40 82.50 60.00 40.00 80.00
6 42 71.43 45.24 54.76 85.71
7 46 71.74 52.17 47.83 84.78
8 46 65.22 41.30 58.70 86.96
10 53 90.57 60.38 39.62 86.79
11 56 91.07 53.57 46.43 91.07
Camanche CSD 580 78.28 49.83 50.17 87.93
3 66 68.18 43.94 56.06 93.94
4 79 74.68 46.84 53.16 78.48
5 71 78.87 53.52 46.48 85.92
6 76 80.26 55.26 44.74 89.47
7 74 66.22 29.73 70.27 90.54
8 63 87.30 69.84 30.16 76.19
10 71 87.32 47.89 52.11 90.14
11 80 83.75 53.75 46.25 97.50
Cardinal CSD 321 63.55 38.94 61.06 91.90
3 44 36.36 27.27 72.73 93.18
4 37 45.95 37.84 62.16 89.19
5 40 57.50 32.50 67.50 87.50
6 33 72.73 30.30 69.70 90.91
7 39 48.72 33.33 66.67 94.87
8 44 79.55 50.00 50.00 88.64
10 44 84.09 59.09 40.91 90.91
11 40 82.50 37.50 62.50 100.00
Carlisle CSD 1,105 80.63 57.29 42.71 83.08
3 125 65.60 49.60 50.40 85.60
4 137 71.53 50.36 49.64 84.67
5 125 84.80 63.20 36.80 75.20
6 135 75.56 58.52 41.48 82.96
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