Humboldt high in proficiency, state report card says

Humboldt Middle School held Back the Blue Days last week. This year, each Prime Time created a gift for each officer for Christmas. Officers were invited to have lunch with students on Wednesday. Sheriff Dean Kruger is shown having lunch with a group of sixth grade students. Humboldt Independent photo.

The state report card provided by the Iowa Department of Education gives the Humboldt Community School District a high score overall.
Humboldt School Superintendent Greg Darling gave a report at Monday night’s regular monthly meeting.
Humboldt High School and Taft Elementary School both earned “commendable” ratings while Humboldt Middle School received an “acceptable” rating.
The rankings are based on student proficiency in math, reading, student academic growth, narrowing achievement gaps, college and career readiness, student attendance, graduation rates and staff retention.
Based on each school’s performance over a two-year period, the report card assigns one of six ratings: exceptional, high performing, commendable, acceptable, needs improvement and priority.
The two percent in the state received exceptional status while 8.8 percent received high performing. Commendable consisted of the next 26.4 percent of the schools and acceptable followed with the next 41.5 percent of schools. Needs improvement consisted of 15.3 percent and priority includes 5.8 percent of the districts statewide.
“The one thing that really stands out is when you look at our proficiency scores,” Darling said. “Our scores for proficiency were way above the state average, and that’s a real positive.”
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