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Iowa Department of Education Releases New School Performance Reports

December 22, 2018

December 20, 2018, Fort Dodge, IA-  The Iowa Department of Education released new online reports showing how public schools performed in a new accountability system that meets the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Iowa School Performance Profiles display a school's score based on overall performance, as well as scores based on the performance of subgroups of students. These subgroups include students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, students receiving special education services and students from racial/ethnic minority groups. 

The Fort Dodge Community School District has four schools with no designation and three identified for Targeted Support and Improvement. Schools receive a Targeted designation if one or more student subgroup score is as low as the lowest five percent of schools in the state. The designations are as follows:

Butler Elementary - No Designation

Cooper Elementary – Targeted for students of Low Socio-Economic Status

Duncombe Elementary - No Designation

Feelhaver Elementary - No Designation

Riverside ELC - No Designation

FDMS – Targeted for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

FDSH - Targeted for students with IEPs

“I was pleased overall with our designations,” said Dr. Jesse Ulrich, superintendent. “I’m proud that three of our elementary schools along with our early learning center did not receive designations.”

Over the next three years, Cooper Elementary, as a Title One school, will receive federal funding and all three Targeted schools will receive professional development resources. The district plans to create a team to develop and implement a plan for improvement that fits the individual needs of each of these schools. Schools that are no longer performing within the lowest five percent of Iowa schools after three years will shed the designations.

“While we have many things to celebrate in our district, we also have work to do,” stated Ulrich. “We look forward to addressing our needs through this process, which we view as an opportunity to build on the great things we have going on. We appreciate the hard work and continued efforts of our staff to provide all of our students with the best education possible.”   

The mission of the Fort Dodge Community School District is to provide quality learning experiences and build relationships that develop productive citizens ready for their futures.  For more information about the Fort Dodge Community Schools visit or call 515.576.1161.  Together We Rise: Raising the Bar, Closing the Gap and Believing Kids Do Will If They Can.

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