The North Winneshiek School Board passed all of the yearly progress benchmarks required under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation for the 2012-2013 school year.

The North Winneshiek School Board learned the news Monday night when it reviewed the District's annual student academic progress report. 

Proficiency for NCLB means students score in the 41st-99th percentile on the Iowa assessments in reading, mathematics and science, according to Superintendent Tim Dugger.  A student who is not proficient would have a score within the 1st-40th percentile. 



Iowa Assessments

On the Iowa assessments, 3-8 grade achievement rates indicate North Winneshiek students are achieving the highest in mathematics, followed by reading then science, according to Dugger.

North Winneshiek met the adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals set by the federal government in the following areas:

• Grades 3-5 met the AYP for reading and mathematics

• 82.05 percent of the 3-5 graders were proficient in reading

• 76.92 percent of the 3-5 graders were proficient in mathematics

• Grades 6-8 met the AYP for reading and mathematics

• 69.05 percent of the 6-8 graders were proficient in reading

• 80.95 percent of the 6-8 graders were proficient in mathematics

• 100 percent of North Winneshiek students participated on the Iowa Assessments

• The North Winneshiek K-8 average daily attendance rate for 2012 was 97.2 percent

• The North Winneshiek K-8 average daily attendance rate for 2011 was 96.6 percent



Grade equivalents

The Board also received information on how students peformed based on national grade equivilents (NGE). The NGE describes student performance in terms of grade level months. For example, if a 5th grade student obtains a grade equivalent of 5.4 on the reading score, the student's score is compared to a student who is at a reading comprehension achievement level of 5th grade, 4th month.

North Winneshiek's Iowa Assessment NGE composite scores from January 2013 were:

• 3rd grade students achieved a 3.1 grade equivalent

• 4th grade students achieved a 5.8 grade equivalent

• 5th grade students achieved a 6.1 grade equivalent

• 6th grade students achieved a 7.2 grade equivalent

• 7th grade students achieved a 7.3 grade equivalent

• 8th grade students achieved a 8.2 grade equivalent

The annual progress report, which the Board approved Monday night, is posted on the district's web site: n-winn.k12.ia.us.



Inservice starting

In his administrative report, Dugger reported teachers' inservice would begin Wednesday, Aug. 14, and students will start Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The Board toured the school to view projects completed over the summer, and Dugger pointed out how well the school is looking. He said custodians Mary Beth Dahl and Dusty Thorstenson did a "wonderful job" finishing the summer maintenance requests and annual cleaning.

In other matters, the Board added 21 days to Joyce Richert's preschool contract for the 2013-2014 school year to accommodate the additional work related to the preschool and prekindergarten programs. The Board also approved a special education associate contract for Allison Grainger for the 2013-2014 school year.