Fall short of test goals
Low test scores at three of the four elementary buildings in the Storm Lake School System have placed the district on a state watch list for schools that have not met their annual improvement goals.
The Storm Lake School District is required to report math, reading and science test scores for grades 4, 8 and 11. It's in one of those areas that the district has not met its annual improvement goals, Superintendent Bill Kruse said.
"What we're talking about are plans for improving test scores," Kruse said. "That will be done through collaboration with teachers and administrators and staff development opportunities."
One area the district disagrees with the state over are what students to report on. While the state asks for annual improvement in grades 4, 8 and 11, the Storm Lake district feels it is important to follow the progression of one class of students each year.
"We think following the same kids to look at improvement is important," Kruse said.
The district also struggles with numbers of new students each year who come into the community without a proficiency in English.
The testing is a result of the "No Child Left Behind" legislation. It requires schools to set improvement goals and to meet those goals each year.
A school district receives warning the first year it doesn't meet its goals. If it doesn't improve in subsequent years, the district may face penalties from the state, from busing students to different buildings in the district in the second year to possibly firing administrators and staff in the fifth year.
The letter does not specify which specific school buildings fell short of the goal.