Students in the Charles City School District made some notable gains on the spring 2021 Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP).
Iowa public school students in grades 3-11 take the assessment each year, although the ISASP was not administered in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, Charles City students across nearly all grade levels significantly improved their scores over the 2019 assessment in English language arts (ELA). 96% of middle school students and 95% of high school students demonstrated growth in ELA. As a district, Charles City’s ELA scores improved almost 8% when comparing grade levels.
In math, 93% of middle school and 90% of high school students improved their scores from two years ago. Superintendent Mike Fisher says the overall progress is highly encouraging, but there’s also room for improvement.
Fisher presented the test results at Monday night’s school board meeting, noting that science advancement is only tested at third, eighth and 10th grade levels, making success harder to assess. The district’s science proficiency is just under 52%, but it’s also a 12% growth over the previous testing period.