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 the Iowa Department of Education Public Reporting website.
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
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
Each year since 2005, the Belin-Blank Center has released the Iowa AP Index to recognize the Top 50 Iowa accredited public and nonpublic high schools for providing Advanced Placement opportunities to Iowa's high school students. 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.