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Press Release 10/4/11

Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Transcripts - Press Release 10/4/11

  • 1. Fort Dodge Community School District Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.For Immediate Release10/04/2011Contact: Ashton NewmanFort Dodge Community School DistrictDirector of Communications and Community Relations515.574.5668anewman@fort-dodge.k12.ia.usFDCSD Displays State Goals, Progress, and Accomplishments in this Year’s APRFort Dodge, IA - The Fort Dodge Community School District Annual Progress Report is available for review. Inorder to satisfy the requirements for reporting District progress toward state and federal indicators, communi-ty school district’s in Iowa are required to complete an Annual Progress Report each year. The report highlightsstudent achievements but also serves as a formula used to determine if schools are meeting expectations un-der the decade old - federal No Child Left Behind Act. Fort Dodge Community School District’s Annual ProgressReport can be viewed online at Dodge Community School’s report includes “Points of Pride” in which the District shares their proudestaccomplishments. Achievements this year included the removal of Butler Elementary School from the federalSchool In Need of Assistance (SINA) list. This means students at Butler Elementary made enough growth on theIowa Tests of Basic Skills to no longer be considered a SINA school. The District also showed pride in the yearlygrowth of fourth grade students. At every elementary school, fourth graders were more proficient in readingthan they were in third grade. Also in the past year, the average score on the ACT score at Senior High roseabove the state average and the graduation rate exceeded an all-time high of 90.5 percent, just shy of the stategoal, 90.7 percent.Fewer Iowa schools met the No Child Left Behind expectations this year due to the academic bar being raisedin all categories. Across the state, 30 school districts and over 400 school buildings failed to meet require-ments. The academic goals of No Child Left Behind continue to rise every few years toward a goal of 100%proficiency for all students by the 2013-2014 school year. Only public school districts are required to reportprogress according to the No Child Left Behind goals.“We have many great schools in the state providing a high-quality education to all students,” said Director ofCurriculum Sue Wood. “Fort Dodge Community Schools has tremendous academic opportunities and programsthat cannot be found elsewhere, but with the rate at which the academic bar is increasing each year, we knewwe were up against a challenge.”Central Administration Office104 South 17th Street • Fort Dodge, IA 50501515-576-1161 • Fax An Equal Opportunity Employer
  • 2. Fort Dodge Community School District Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.FDCSD Displays State Goals, Progress, and Accomplishments in this year’s APR10/04/2011-Page 2-All students at a school, as well as any qualifying subgroup of students, must meet the goals in order for aschool to adhere to the federal requirements. Subgroups include low socio-economic, African American,Hispanic, and students with Individual Education Plans (Special Education students). Schools that do not haveat least 30 students in a subgroup are not required to report the progress of students in that particular group.This is often the reason why large districts or those with a diverse student body are reported to have failed tomeet state goals.“The goal of 100 percent proficiency for all students by 2013-2014 is well meaning,” said Wood, “However,there are so many variables in the lives of children that schools cannot control, but our staff does everythingwe can in the classroom and through professional development to improve each child’s academic growth.”Fort Dodge Community School District was one of the 30 districts that did not meet the No Child Left Behindgoals. As a result, several actions are being taken to improve student achievement said Wood. The major focusof the 2011-2012 Professional Development activities will continue to be devoted to the implementation offormative assessment, a strategy which allows students to gain immediate descriptive feedback, assisting themin all content areas of deficiency. Teachers, at all grade levels, will continue to study and implement readingstrategies that benefit struggling learners. Teachers will also focus on differentiated instruction techniques toaccommodate the needs of the brightest students as well as meeting the needs of those students who needassistance.Small group reading programs have shown to be very beneficial to the District said Wood. At all levels, pro-grams are in place to assist those students not proficient in reading. At the elementary level, students receivesmall group instruction and interventions. Those students in grades 5-8 experiencing reading difficulties par-ticipate in 30 minute intervention periods each day. Generated data from the Skills Iowa software program isused to help teachers identify specific student needs. Students at the middle school and high school level alsoengage in programs such as Second Chance Reading, Read 180, and System 44 curriculum.In the upcoming year, a PreK-12 math study will be underway to determine actions and improvements neededto increase math achievement. Teachers, kindergarten through first grade will also begin implementing Cogni-tively Guided Instruction in the area of mathematics.“These are only a handful of the professional development programs our teachers and staff are continuallydeveloping each day,” said Wood. “Many of which have yielded great success and accomplishments.” ###Central Administration Office104 South 17th Street • Fort Dodge, IA 50501515-576-1161 • Fax An Equal Opportunity Employer