Making the Grade
There are a number of measures in place to ensure the Johnston Community School District, like all districts in Iowa, is performing to state standards and meeting accountability standards. The District Report Card serves as a resource for parents and professionals to quickly view this type of data.
For more information on any of the areas below, please contact Dr. Bruce Amendt, Associate Superintendent, at 515-278-0470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016-17 Academic Calendar
The school calendar is set within the parameters of the Iowa Code 281-12.1, which requires that the board adopt a school calendar that identifies specific days for student instruction, staff development and in-service time, and time for parent-teacher conferences. The code sets the minimum number of days and when school may start.
Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA)
The Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA) was designed by the Iowa Department of Education to be a one-stop shop for compliance information in all areas. It includes assurances, Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP), Mentoring and Induction Plan, Lau Plan, and gifted and talented program requirements.
Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
Once every five years, schools receive a site visit from the Department of Education.
Results from the December 2011 Site Visit were very positive. There were no non-compliance issues to be addressed and no corrective action plan needed. We have many educational strengths to be proud of in Johnston as we strive to provide each and every student with high quality educational experiences. The 2011 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Report listed 26 areas of strengths and 16 recommendations for possible improvements.
A revised CSIP and Special Education Delivery Plan, completed in 2014, will provide guidance for the next five years to our school improvement efforts throughout the Johnston School District. The next site Visit from the Department of Education will occur in the 2016-17 school year.
- From spring 2016 to spring 2017, increase the percentage of matched cohort groups in grades 4-11 scoring proficient or higher in reading comprehension as measured by Iowa Assessments.
- From spring 2016 to spring 2017, increase the percentage of matched cohort groups in grades 4-11 scoring proficient or higher in math as measured by Iowa Assessments.
- From spring 2016 to spring 2017, increase the percentage of matched cohort groups in grades 4-11 scoring proficient or higher in science as measured by Iowa Assessments.
- Curriculum-‐Instruction-‐Assessment: We will refine and continue to put into practice a system of curriculum, instruction and assessment that enables each student to be engaged in challenging academic experiences that are grounded in clearly defined standards.
- College and Career Readiness in the 21st Century: We will provide students with experience and opportunities to enable them to be successful in college and/or their chosen career path.
- Highly Qualified and Effective Staff: We will recruit, select, train and retain competent and inspiring professional staff who hold high expectations for students and are accountable for achieving clear and aligned system-wide performance goals.
- Communications: We will provide a proactive communication system to ensure all district stakeholders are well informed.
Student Achievement and Assessment
2014-15 Iowa Assessments (Updated August 2015)
Reading and Math proficiency are based on Adequate Yearly Growth with students who have been in the district for a full academic year (NCLB).
Reading-Grade 3-5: 90.73% proficient or higher
Reading-Grade 6-8: 89.00% proficient or higher
Reading-Grade 11: 90.89% proficient or higher
Math-Grade 3-5: 92.66% proficient or higher
Math-Grade 6-8: 95.48% proficient or higher
Math-Grade 11: 92.03% proficient or higher
Beaver Creek Elementary faces No Child Left Behind sanctions as a result of missed proficiency in reading and being a Title 1 school.
Annual Progress Reports
The annual report provides information about the district such as the academic proficiency, student demographics, support services/programs, graduation rates, and post-secondary data (updated September 15, 2015).
From the Iowa Department of Education (IDE):
In order to satisfy the requirements for reporting annual progress toward state and federal indicators, school districts and non-public schools in Iowa complete an Annual Progress Report (APR) due to the Iowa Department of Education by September 15 each year. APRs include information regarding academic proficiency, academic goals, dropouts, graduation rates, attendance rates, and post-secondary data.
No Child Left Behind reports which identify buildings and districts not making adequate growth are determined from the Adequately Year Progress data. From last year’s data, Johnston Community School District, Johnston High School, Summit Middle School, Beaver Creek Elementary, and Timber Ridge Elementary were identified as not making adequate growth within subgroup performance. It should be noted that only Beaver Creek is identified as a Title 1 building and as such the sanctions of No Child Left Behind do apply to Beaver Creek. Currently, Lawson Elementary, Beaver Creek Elementary, and Horizon Elementary are designated as a Title 1 building based on student eligibility for free and reduced lunch.
Parents can be involved in helping the district improve in numerous ways. Parents can serve as classroom volunteers, attend PTO meetings, and volunteer to serve on district and building committees for school improvement.