Q.C. Elementary School Recognized For Closing The Achievement Gap

 Five Iowa schools, including one in the Quad Cities, have been recognized by the state for raising achievement among students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom.

The Iowa State Board of Education announced the Breaking Barriers to Teaching and Learning Awards Wednesday.

This year’s winners are being recognized for having the highest proficiency rates in math and reading among a specific subgroup of students, such as students who do not speak English as their native language and students from low-income backgrounds. Based on five year assessment data, Pleasant Valley School District is among the districts being honored.

Riverdale Heights Elementary School gained recognition for its work with Latino students. The data shows 98-percent of these students are proficient in reading and math, compared to the statewide average of 62 percent.

Other schools being recognized include:

·         Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls Community School District: Recognized for its work with African American students. A full 78 percent of the school’s African American students are proficient in math and reading, compared to a statewide average of only 52 percent.

·         Davis Elementary School, Grinnell-Newburg Community School District: Recognized for its work with students on Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs. The proficiency rate for Davis Elementary students on IEPs is 82 percent in reading and math. That compares to a statewide average of 43 percent.

·         Hillside Elementary School, West Des Moines Community School District: Recognized for its work with English language learners, or ELL. The proficiency rate for Hillside’s ELL students is 70 percent in reading and math. That compares to a statewide average of 49 percent for the same group of students.

·         Southeast Elementary School, Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District: Recognized for its work with students who come from low-income families. With a third of the school’s student population qualifying for free and reduced-price lunches, 98 percent of those children are proficient in reading and math. The statewide average is 65 percent.

Reducing the achievement gap is said to be one of the State Board of Education’s top priorities.



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