In 2013, Iowa legislators directed the Iowa Department of Education to develop a system for evaluating the performance of all public schools in Iowa on certain measures and ranking the schools according to their results. The system is known as the Attendance Center Rankings system.
The Department believes this system can be developed in a positive and useful way to help Iowans better understand how schools are doing and to enhance community conversations about improving schools. The Department has taken a thoughtful and inclusive approach to building this type of system, which remains under development and is scheduled for a more complete release in the fall of 2015.
On January 30, 2015 the Department launched a website that provides a snapshot of performance based on two of the nine measures required by law. To more easily find information specific to Ankeny and the surrounding area, Ankeny Community Schools has also provided the "Ankeny Math Snapshot" and "Ankeny Reading Snapshot" pages at left to zero in on information that Ankeny parents want.
It is important to note that this website represents a limited set of measures, not a complete system. In addition, these measures are based on a single assessment once a year, and may not tell the complete story of student and school improvement. Ankeny Schools also uses a number of additional assessments to monitor student performance over the course of each year. Rankings, which are required by law, will be included in the system beginning in the fall of 2015. At that time, schools will be grouped into one of six categories: exceptional, high performing, commendable, acceptable, needs improvement, and priority.