Iowa School Report Card

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    Dear HMS Parents and Families,
     
    Knowing where you are and where you want to go is a key part of growth and improvement. Our school regularly uses education data to tell us how our students are progressing and to adjust instruction for better results. 
     
    The state is now providing an additional source of information with the release of the Iowa School Report Card. This is a web-based tool that provides a snapshot of every Iowa public school’s performance on certain educational measures, such as student attendance and proficiency rates.
     
    The goal of the Iowa School Report Card is to present certain education data in a way that makes it easier for the public to find and understand. The Iowa Department of Education developed this tool in response to a 2013 legislative requirement (House File 215). 
     
    Specifically, the Iowa School Report Card scores schools on up to eight educational measures and then assigns an overall rating to each school based on its performance on the measures. The attached guide provides an explanation of the eight measures. 
     
    While I believe this information can add to conversations in our community about how we’re preparing our students for success, these measures are based on limited data. And, as we know from other accountability initiatives such as the former federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools are so much more than labels. Labels and ratings do not tell the whole story.
     
    While I encourage you to explore the information provided in the Iowa School Report Card, I also urge you to get to know the school behind the label. Ask questions about our improvement efforts, and ask what you can do to support our teachers and students. 
     
    You can locate our school’s results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Report Card, on the following website: www.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard 
     
    Thanks for all you do for our school. 
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Bill Thompson
     

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