Board Reviews Student Assessment Data

On Monday. Feb. 23, the School Board reviewed the district’s 2014-15 Student Achievement Report, which is a compilation of the results of multiple measures of student achievement in the West Des Moines Community School District. This is the fourth year in which the district has participated in the Iowa Assessments. The Iowa Assessments replaced the ITBS/ITED assessments in the 2011-12 school year.

The percent of students receiving free and reduced meals districtwide continue to increase, and it is currently at 31 percent. The district’s English Learners (EL) population also continues to grow with most of the growth occurring at the elementary level. Eleven percent of students who attend West Des Moines Community Schools are English language learners. This number continues to increase by approximately 100 students each year. Ten percent of district students receive special education services, and this continues to remain steady.

The district met eight of the 17 Annual Student Improvement Goals, which are set by the district. The district met the reading goals for students in grades 3-6 and increased the percent of students in the advanced levels in grades 7–11 in reading. Additionally, the district increased the percent of students in the advanced proficient level in grades 7–11 in mathematics. Science results were similar to last year’s with an increase in the percent of students proficient in grades 5 and 8 but a decrease in the percent of students proficient in science in grade 11.