Each year, Iowa Assessments are administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11. Proficiency is defined by the Iowa Department of Education as scoring within a proficiency range defined by a standard score at each grade level for each subtest. The following graphs illustrate the percentage of District students who are proficient. To access more detailed disaggregated data by building or subgroup, visit the school's Annual Progress Report page or go to https://www.edinfo.state.ia.us/data/aprchart.asp.
The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
ACT tests are designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework. The composite score is based on all of these tests. The average ACT composite score of District students who take the ACT is consistently higher than students who take the ACT in the state and nation.
A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses, which include English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. The benchmark scores are:
- 18 on ACT English
- 22 on ACT Mathematics
- 22 on ACT Reading
- 23 on ACT Science
In 2013 ACT increased the reading benchmark from 21 to 22 and the science benchmark from 22 to 23. The percent of District students ready for college level English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology is consistently higher than the percentage of students in the state and nation.
Students Scoring 3 or Higher on College Board AP Tests
Success on an AP Exam, as determined by The College Board, is defined as an exam score of 3 or higher, which represents the score point that research finds predictive of college success and graduation. These findings have held consistent for decades. One example of such a study comes from the National Center for Educational Accountability, which found that an AP Exam score, and a score of 3 or higher in particular, is a strong predictor of a student’s ability to persist in college and earn a bachelor’s degree. © 2011 The College Board
This roster shows all students who earned AP Scholar Awards. The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. © 2011 The College Board.
Belin and Blank Iowa AP Index
Every public and nonpublic high school in Iowa that is accredited by the state Department of Education and that administered at least one AP exam in May 2012 was invited to participate in the 2013 AP Index. The Iowa AP Index for a given high school is the ratio of AP exams taken by its students (any grade) divided by the number of its graduating seniors.