Data Includes Multiracial Students

This article illustrates what school data should look like. Note the inclusion of multiracial students. 

State school profiles now include more data: ‘These measures help align us with our district goals’

New measures added to a state education report offer a deeper look at discipline, postsecondary readiness and progress toward state and federal goals at Iowa’s public schools.

The Iowa School Performance Profiles, an online tool showing how public schools performed on required measures, was introduced in December to meet federal and state requirements. It was expanded in May to include additional metrics.

Vickie Murillo, superintendent of Council Bluffs Community School District, welcomed the addition of new areas.

“By reviewing many different measures, our community has the opportunity to see the progress our schools are making,” she said. “While no single data point can tell the story of the impact our teachers have on our students, these measures help us align our district goals to ensure continuous improvement.”

Most of the data is from the 2017-18 school year, while other years are indicated for some.

Progress on state goals includes student performance and interim progress toward meeting state long-term goals for academic achievement, graduation rates and English language proficiency set forth in the state’s plan.

Progress on state goals (selected grades)

Reading — third grade:

CB All: 62.77%; next target 77%; long-term goal 78.5%

LC All: 73.68%; next target 77%; long-term goal 78.5%

CB African American: 45%; next target 51%; long-term goal 54%

LC African American: N.A.

CB Hispanic: 52.53%; target 62.9%; goal 65.9%

LC Hispanic: 56.25%; target 62.9%; goal 65.9%

CB Multiracial: 56.52%; target 72.4%; goal 75.4%

LC Multiracial: 69.23; target 72.4%; goal 75.4%

CB White: 65.98%; target 81.6%; goal 83.1%

LC White: 75.51%; target 81.6%; goal 83.1%

Mathematics — third grade:

CB All: 66.08%; target 79.7%; goal 81.2%

LC All: 67.11%; target 79.7%; goal 81.2%

CB African American: 55%; target 51.4%; goal 54.4%

LC African American: N.A.

CB Hispanic: 52.48%; target 68.5%; goal 71.5%

LC Hispanic: 31.25%; target 68.5%; goal 71.5%

CB Multiracial: 56.52%; target 73.8%; goal 76.8%

LC Multiracial: 61.54%; target 73.8%; goal 76.8%

CB White: 69.74%; target 84.2%; goal 85.7%

LC White: 70.92%; target 84.2%; goal 85.7%

Reading — 11th grade

CB All: 60.73%; target 78.9%; goal 80.4%

Iowa Educator says WHAT?!

Two Iowa parents are calling for an educator at Bailey Park Elementary School in Grinnell to be fired for allegedly making racist comments to mixed-race children.

Geoff Burd choked up as he explained to KCCI that his daughter, Nikki, came home from school and recalled that the para-educator had said black people and white people should not be a family or go to the same school.

“It’s an unbelievable situation,” Burd said, sounding defeated. “I work very hard to protect her. I have worked her entire life to protect her.”

According to Burd’s daughter, the educator said that “[b]lack people and white people can’t be family. Black people should not go to this school. Black people should have their own school.”

The educator also confronted Burd’s son, Marquez, on the playground.

“Black people are stupid and don’t know anything,” the woman reportedly told Marquez.

Superintendent Todd Abrahamson said that the educator had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

“We started a level one investigation, and that just started yesterday and today.” he told KCCI.

Burd said that the only way to protect children from the educator’s influence would be to fire her.

“I worry about their emotional stability,” the father lamented. “You can never take those words back, and she can never retract those words. She can never get those words out of my children’s head.”