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The Iowa Department of Education has released its annual Student Performance Profiles based upon data from 2019.
The report is mandated by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that requires all states to publish data reflecting the performance of the state, school districts, and individual school buildings on a set of accountability measures, such as proficiency in math and English, graduation rates, college readiness and others.
The Performance Profile report also includes demographics for the state, districts and buildings.
For the Mount Ayr district as a whole, the latest data reveals a student population male-to-female split of 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. That ratio is almost identical to the male/female balance of 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent statewide.
Student ethnicity in the Mount Ayr district is listed as 96.3 percent white as compared to 75.1 percent across the state. Other ethnicities identified by Mount Ayr students include Hispanic – 2.4 percent (state: 11.1 percent), black/African-American – 0.8 percent (state: 6.4 percent), Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 0.3 percent (state: 0.3 percent), Native American – 0.2 percent (state: 0.4 percent), multi-racial – 0.0 percent (state: 4.2percent) and Asian – 0.0 percent (state: 2.5 percent).
Among other demographic student sub- groups, 36.8 percent of Mount Ayr students were listed as low socio-economic status as identified by their eligibility for free and reduced lunches. That number is significantly lower than the state percentage of 43.0 percent.
Locally, a total of 14.3 percent were counted as students with disabilities as identified by those with a formal Individual Education Plan (IEP). In comparison, 12.7 percent of students across the state were considered students with disabilities.
Just 0.5 percent of Mount Ayr students were identified as English Language Learners as compared with 6.5 percent statewide.
Additional information can be found at https://www.iaschoolperformance.gov.
[Specific details for performance scores for Mount Ayr Elementary and Middle/High School will be covered over the next two weeks.]