Decorah Board of Education Names 3 Finalists for Next Superintendent

January 28, 2022 

DECORAH, IA — The Decorah Community School District Board of Education has announced three finalists in its search for the school district’s next superintendent.

The finalists are Daniel Barkel, John Cain, and Dr. Timothy Cronin. Each possesses a strong background and experience in recruiting teachers and staff, demonstrating collaborative leadership, promoting a community of care for students, and effectively communicating with parents, staff, and community members.

Barkel currently serves as superintendent of the MMCRU Community Schools, where he leads two school districts and answers to two elected school boards. In March 2021, the MMC community approved a bond issue, and the district is now in the middle of a major construction project. He prides himself on bringing stability, openness, and a commitment of excellence to educational leadership. Mr. Barkel previously was a principal, counselor, and vocal music teacher at Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa. 

Currently the elementary school principal in the Bettendorf CSD, Cain has focused on opening up professional development opportunities for staff, building community connections, and using data to serve as a transformational school leader. He has created professional learning communities that allow staff to learn from one another and continue improving on behalf of students. Cain previously served as elementary principal and curriculum director in the Calamus-Wheatland CSD.

Since 2013, Dr. Cronin has served as superintendent of the Central City CSD, which has had a “shared superintendent” arrangement with nearby Dunkerton CSD for the past two years. He has gained key experience and skills related to school finance, human resources, and providing professional development opportunities to staff. Dr. Cronin is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iowa and has served in leadership roles on committees for the Grant Wood AEA, Central Rivers AEA, and the Superintendent Leadership Team of the Tri-Rivers Conference. 

The Board of Education has been working with Grundmeyer Leader Services to conduct the search. The process has included a community-wide survey, asking district residents to provide their input on the qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the district’s next leader. The board conducted a first round of interviews the week of January 24. 

As a next step, the board and stakeholder interview teams will conduct final interviews with each of the three finalists the week of February 7. The board plans to then discuss the candidates and reach a final decision soon after the formal interviews.

The new superintendent will begin serving the Decorah Community School District effective July 1, 2022.

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DHS Large Group Speech Students Perform Well at District Contest

January 24, 2022

Decorah High School speech students participated in a local District Large Group Speech Contest on Saturday, January 22nd held at Waterloo West High School.

The performers had a great showing, earning 22 Division I ratings out of 30 total entries. The ninth-grade team performed in six entries, and the varsity team performed in 24 entries. Each ninth-grade and varsity entry receiving a Division I rating will perform at State competition on Saturday, February 5th, at Decorah High School.

Cast lists for the varsity groups moving to State contest are as follows:

Choral Reading “Fly Away” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks.

Participants include Leslie Campbell, Wyatt Hackman, Karen Henriquez, Mikiah Krieg, Nolan Jacobson, Sam Reilly, Haywood Stowe, Ruby Sullivan, Julia Alberts, Sophia Christman, Ellen Rooney, Annalise Skrade, Daniel Skrade, Libby Phillips, and Ethan Stravers.

Ensemble Acting “Good on Paper” was directed by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks.

Participants include Evon Leitz, Jake Magner, Max Wilson, Paige Lange, Rebecca Bruening, and Ruby Sullivan.

Ensemble Acting “Fake News” was directed by Lyra McKnight.

Participants include Danielle Rix, Gabriel Hiner, Jenna Hartz, Kathryn Kelly, Michael Njus, and Simon Kutz.

Group Improv was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks, and Lyra McKnight. 

Participants performed in three groups. 

Group One: Anders Lovstuen, Alex Irwin, Joe Stammeyer, and Annika Franzen.

Group Two: Nat Roberts, Rebecca Bruening, Adam Jones, and Julia Alberts.

Group Three: Koryn Bakken, Madi Castro, and Carter Kowitz.

Group Mime “Into the Storybook” was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Carrie Kauffman, and Lyra McKnight.

Participants include Julia Schwarz, Danielle Rix, Evon Leitz, and Lexy Walker.

Group Mime “The Daydream” was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Carrie Kauffman, and Lyra McKnight.

Participants include Leslie Campbell, Liz Clement, Sally Laybourn, Hayley Stowe, and Grace Neal.

Solo Mime “Steaming Hot” by Rebecca Anderson was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Gabe Twedt, and Carrie Kauffman.

Musical Theater “Hadestown” was directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman.

Participants include Haywood Stowe, Drew Chamberlain, Ada Lovelace, Alex Kane, Nolan Jacobson, and Dylan Muhlbauer.

Musical Theater “Now. Here. This.” was directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman.

Participants include Annalise Skrade, Max Wilson, Libby Phillips, Jake Magner, Mikiah Krieg, and Ella Grouws.

One Act Play “Things Fall…(Meanwhile)” was directed by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks.

Participants include Nadia Johnson, Dylan Muhlbauer, Ella Grouws, Alex Kane, Ada Lovelace, Ellen Rooney, Ethan Stravers, Gabriel Hiner, Kathryn Kelly, Jensen Korsness, Abbie Valkosky, Lexy Walker, Mara Holland, Hogan Smith, and Larsson Shockey.

Radio Broadcasting “KCTS” was directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman. 

Participants include Drew Berns, Morgan Dlhy, August Witt, Sylvia Sandhorst, and Nat Roberts.

Radio Broadcasting “KLIF” was directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman. 

Participants include Elizabeth Pritchard, Corina Timm, Henry Weis, Mara Pankow, Aidan Nalean-Carlson, and Cody Carolan.

Readers Theater “Puffs” was directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman. 

Participants include Brielle Buresh, Karen Henriquez, Rebecca Anderson, Junior Battle, Michael Njus, Carter Kowitz, Sydney Kipp, Jensen Korsness, Anders Lovstuen, Ramsey Zilka, Abbie Valkosky, Henry Weis, Nadia Johnson, and Bella Bishop.

Short Film “Until You Can’t” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Lyra McKnight. 

Participants include Koryn Bakken, Drew Berns, Brielle Buresh, Drew Chamberlain, Liz Clement, Annika Franzen, Mara Holland, Wyatt Hackman, Ellie Luzum, August Witt, Amelia Dugger, Landan Folkedahl, Anya Lovstuen, and Elizabeth Pritchard.

TV News “Dangerous Disinformation” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Gabe Twedt. 

Participants include Anya Lovstuen, Hogan Smith, Amelia Dugger, Peter Essa, Britann Mettille, Sylvia Sandhorst, Nathan Swarbrick, Corina Timm, Aidan Nalean-Carlson, Sam Reilly, Landan Folkedahl, and Morgan Dlhy.

TV News “Iowa Adventures: Haunted Roadtrip” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Gabe Twedt.

Participants include Brynn Storhoff, Sophia Christman, Paige Lange, Braunwyn Darrington, Kailyn O’Gara, Annaleissa Arnold, Simon Kutz, Caden Branum, Chloe Chyle, Bella Bishop, Easton Luzum, Thea Schissel, and Paige Werner.

Cast lists for other varsity groups who performed at District contest are as follows:

Ensemble Acting “Confessions of a High School Bathroom” was directed by Lyra McKnight. 

Participants include Alex Irwin, Annaleissa Arnold, Grace Bachelder, Hayley Stowe, Mya Redenius, and Sally Laybourn.

Group Mime “Takeout Please” was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Carrie Kauffman, and Lyra McKnight.

Participants include Chloe Chyle, Grace Bachelder, Brynn Storhoff, Brinley Krivachek, and Ellie Luzum.

Solo Mime “Sittin’ for Cerberus” by Ramsey Zilka was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Gabe Twedt, and Carrie Kauffman.

Solo Mime “The Call” by Junior Battle was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Gabe Twedt, and Carrie Kauffman.

Short Film “just speak.” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Lyra McKnight. 

Participants include Abby Woosley, Grace Neal, Kendall Holland, Kailyn O’Gara, Paige Werner, Jaxon Williams, Braunwyn Darrington, John Baldridge, Caden Branum, Joe Stammeyer, and Adam Jones.

Short Film “SMILE” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Lyra McKnight. 

Participants include Larsson Shockey, Julia Schwarz, Britann Mettille, Arlo Hayes, and Miranda Miller.

Cast lists for the 9th grade groups moving onto State contest are as follows:

Ensemble Acting “Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About A Girl Who Is Part T-Rex” was directed by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks. 

Participants include Elliana Brodbeck, Oliver Brummel, Greta Jones, Rebecca Kane, McKenzie Riley, and Ezra Vorvick.

Radio Broadcasting “KDNA” was directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman. 

Participants include Karmyn Bakken, Liam Chamberlain, Natalie Goodner, Leah Holland, Kamryn Steines, and Amelia Wadsworth.

Choral Reading “Macadamia Mayhem” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Gabe Twedt.

Participants include Karmyn Bakken, Elsa Johnson, Rebecca Kane, Annika Keefe, Ansel Kowitz, Caleb Krieg, McKenzie Riley, Liam Chamberlain, Grant Zilka, Margret Zook, and Gwenyth Thompson.

TV News “Breaking Barriers” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Gabe Twedt. 

Participants include Evynne Downing, Natalie Goodner, Leah Holland, Annika Keefe, Caleb Krieg, Andy Kruger, Beau Newhouse, Kamryn Steines, Amelia Wadsworth, Margret Zook, Chloe Sheffield, Maran Martin, Rylin Sibley, and Mikael Havens.

Cast lists for other 9th grade groups who performed at District contest are as follows:

Group Improv was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks, and Lyra McKnight.

Participants include Elliana Brodbeck, Oliver Brummel, Klaara Short, Davis Coppola, and Jack Sovern.

Group Mime “Do or Die” was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Carrie Kauffman, and Lyra McKnight.

Participants include Grace Blikre, Elsa Johnson, Klaara Short, Jack Sovern, and Gwenyth Thompson.

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DCSD Reports Active COVID Cases, Info on RSAI

January 21, 2022

District COVID-19 Active Positive Cases

  • Total number of students and staff in isolation (currently positive) for COVID-19: forty-eight (48)
  • Current district facilities with known positive cases: John Cline Elementary, Carrie Lee Elementary, Decorah Middle School, Decorah High School

DCSD reports COVID-19 data in alignment with the direction of the Iowa Department of Public Health. The full guidance can be found at the link below.

IDPH Information Sharing Guidance for Schools and Local Public Health

Updated CDC Mask Guidance

As the graph below indicates, COVID-19 isolations are increasing significantly since the return from winter break. In his weekly message to families, Superintendent Mark Lane shared, “As we strive to provide a consistently safe and healthy working and learning environment, we highly encourage eligible staff and students to be vaccinated. We also highly encourage masking in alignment with CDC guidance. We ask that everyone practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. We urge individuals to stay home when sick and to communicate with personal health care providers and our school nurses to understand when it is appropriate to return to school.”

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Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated information and guidance regarding Masks and Respirators. The District encourages staff and families to review this updated information and to assist us in creating conditions that promote safe and healthy learning environments.

Rural School Advocates of Iowa (RSAI)

Decorah Community School District is one of about 150 Iowa school districts that belong to the organization Rural School Advocates of Iowa (RSAI). District representatives meet regularly to discuss the unique qualities, advantages, and challenges of rural schools and the communities they serve.

RSAI maintains an excellent website for monitoring how proceedings of the annual Iowa General Session might impact rural Iowa schools. The site includes position papers on priority issues and each week it includes a short video update about education related activity at the Statehouse. If you are interested in learning more, you can access the RSAI website here.

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DCSD Reports Active COVID Cases, Info on Superintendent Search

District COVID-19 Active Positive Cases

  • Total number of students and staff in isolation (currently positive) for COVID-19: twenty-seven (27)
  • Current district facilities with known positive cases: John Cline Elementary, Carrie Lee Elementary, Decorah Middle School, Decorah High School

DCSD reports COVID-19 data in alignment with the direction of the Iowa Department of Public Health. The full guidance can be found at the link below.

IDPH Information Sharing Guidance for Schools and Local Public Health

CDC Guidance for K-12 Schools

As the graph below indicates, the District has experienced this week the largest number of staff or students in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test. In his weekly message to families, Superintendent Mark Lane shared, “As we strive to provide a consistently safe and healthy working and learning environment, we highly encourage eligible staff and students to be vaccinated. We also highly encourage masking in alignment with CDC guidance. We ask that everyone practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. We urge individuals to stay home when sick and to communicate with personal health care providers and our school nurses to understand when it is appropriate to return to school.”

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Active Positive COVID-19 Case Comparison 2020-2021 to 2021-2022

At the end of December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools. The CDC lists the following key takeaways in the introduction to the new guidance.

Key Takeaways

  • Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction continues to be a priority.
  • Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
  • CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (ages 2 years and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
  • New CDC guidance has reduced the recommended time for isolation and quarantine periods to five days. For details see CDC’s page on Quarantine and Isolation.
  • In addition to universal indoor masking, CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully reopen while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple prevention strategies, such as screening testing.
  • Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.
  • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and should be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
  • This guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies to protect students, teachers, staff, visitors, and other members of their households and support in-person learning.
  • Localities should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies (e.g., physical distancing, screening testing).

Superintendent Search

Tuesday evening, the DCSD Board of Directors met with representatives from Grundmeyer Leader Search (GLS), the firm facilitating the superintendent search. The Board will work with GLS to identify finalists, and in-district interviews will occur Monday, February, 7. Finalists will be announced in the days before the interviews.

DHS Students Host Madrigal Dinner Sunday, January 30

Decorah High School’s 33rd Annual Madrigal Dinner will take place on Sunday, January 30 at 5:00 p.m. at Decorah High School. (Those in attendance should please be seated by 4:50 p.m.) Advanced tickets are $25 each and are available online at https://decorahschools.ludus.com/index.php. To pay with cash or check, people can purchase tickets in the DHS office. Tickets will be sold until noon on Wednesday, January 26.

Seating for this event will be tables that will seat six people. Each ticket includes a meal fit for a King or Queen: wassail punch, field greens salad, herbed focaccia bread, roasted loin of pork with chimichurri sauce, mashed red potatoes, steamed green beans and carrots, assorted cheesecake, and coffee. Advanced orders of vegetarian entrées and gluten-free options are available when purchasing tickets.

Guests will be entertained by music of the Renaissance–performed by vocalists and brass–and the presentation of the comedic play “The Truth Fairy.” The public is invited to join the DHS Music Department on a journey to 16th Century England.

For those who do not feel comfortable participating in the Madrigal Dinner meal, general seating tickets are available to watch the program at the back of the hall at a cost of $10 per person.

Please contact Jason Rausch at Decorah High School with any questions.

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Decorah Board of Education Provides an Update on Superintendent Hiring Process

January 14, 2022

Decorah, IA – The Decorah Schools Board of Education would like to provide an update on the superintendent hiring process. The board recently met with Dr. Trent Grundmeyer and Roger Wilcox with Grundmeyer Leader Services to review the candidate pool. The position was posted from December l to January 2 and resulted in nineteen candidates.
The candidate pool included one out-of-state candidate. There were seventeen male candidates and two female candidates. Five of the candidates hold a terminal degree (Ed.D. or Ph.D.), while nine have three or more years of administrative experience.
All nineteen candidates were presented to the Board of Education in closed session on January 11. After the review of candidates’ application materials, references, licensure verification, and social media, five candidates were selected for screening interviews that will take place on January 26. The screening process will allow the board to further evaluate the candidates’ qualifications for the position and narrow the process to three finalists.
The search consultants will set up and facilitate the screening interviews and finalists will be publicly named shortly after the screening interviews take place.
The desired qualifications that were identified from the stakeholder survey will continue to drive the hiring process. Those desired qualifications included:

• Is approachable, accessible, and welcoming
• Recruits, hires, supports, develops, and retains effective staff members
• Demonstrates collaborative leadership
• Demonstrates ethics and integrity
• Promotes a community of care and support for students
• Possesses strong communication skills
• Follows through on tasks and responsibilities
• Builds community and school relations
• Strong instructional leader

The board will soon reach out to community members to serve on the team conducting formal interviews with the finalists, which will take place on Monday, Feb. 7. The new superintendent will begin leading the Decorah Community Schools effective July l, 2022.

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DHS/DMS Teacher-Librarian Shannon Horton Winner of “I Love My Librarian” Award

January 10, 2022

Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced 10 winners of the coveted “I Love My Librarian Award.”  Decorah High School and Middle School teacher-librarian Shannon Horton was one of 10 chosen from around the country.  Honorees are exceptional librarians from academic, public, and school libraries who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their expertise, dedication, and profound impact on the people in their communities. 

Horton’s nomination included this statement: “She is fiercely dedicated to best practice in all areas of library science, whether that be teaching media literacy, finding ways for students to connect to books, adding more current titles to the collections, or vetting new technology tools to help teachers and students get the most out of their learning experiences.”

“Even in these unprecedented times, our nation’s librarians continue to empower their patrons, promote inclusion in their space and collections, and provide essential services for their communities,” said American Library Association President Patty Wong. “Congratulations to this year’s I Love My Librarian Award winners, who impact the lives of those they serve every day.” 

ALA received more than 1,300 nominations from library users for this year’s award, which demonstrates the breadth of impact of librarians across the country. Hundreds of nominations focused on librarians’ swift and effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from hosting virtual programs to distributing books and technology safely to those in need. This year’s award recipients include three academic librarians, four public librarians, and three school librarians. 

Honorees will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a $750 donation to their library, and complimentary registration to ALA’s LibLearnX. The virtual award ceremony will take place during the conference at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 and will be available to stream live at https://www.youtube.com/user/AmLibraryAssociation

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DCSD Reports Active COVID Cases, Updated CDC Guidance

January 7, 2022

District COVID-19 Active Positive Cases

  • Total number of students and staff in isolation (currently positive) for COVID-19: eleven (11)
  • Current district facilities with known positive cases: Carrie Lee Elementary, Decorah Middle School, Decorah High School

DCSD reports COVID-19 data in alignment with the direction of the Iowa Department of Public Health. The full guidance can be found at the link below.

IDPH Information Sharing Guidance for Schools and Local Public Health

Updated CDC Guidance for K-12 Schools

On January 6, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools. The CDC lists the following key takeaways in the introduction to the new guidance.

Key Takeaways

  • Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction continues to be a priority.
  • Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as enable extracurricular activities and sports.
  • CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (ages 2 years and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
  • New CDC guidance has reduced the recommended time for isolation and quarantine periods to five days. For details see CDC’s page on Quarantine and Isolation.
  • In addition to universal indoor masking, CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully reopen while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple prevention strategies, such as screening testing.
  • Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.
  • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and should be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
  • This guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies to protect students, teachers, staff, visitors, and other members of their households and support in-person learning.
  • Localities should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies (e.g., physical distancing, screening testing).

In his weekly message to families, Superintendent Mark Lane shared, “Schools and local public health agencies just received this updated guidance yesterday. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will work with Winneshiek County Public Health to understand the guidance and will work collaboratively to protect the health and safety of our learning environments.”

Lane added, “January and February are busy months for student activities. You can find information and schedules for our activities through our website. I encourage everyone to support our students as they engage in our diverse extra-curricular activity offerings.”

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DCSD Reports Active COVID Cases, Mask Requirement Change

December 19, 2021

District COVID-19 Active Positive Cases

  • Total number of students and staff in isolation (currently positive) for COVID-19: eleven (11)
  • Current district facilities with known positive cases: West Side, John Cline Elementary, Carrie Lee Elementary, Decorah High School

DCSD reports COVID-19 data in alignment with the direction of the Iowa Department of Public Health. The full guidance can be found at the link below.

IDPH Information Sharing Guidance for Schools and Local Public Health

PK-6 Mask Requirement Changes After Winter Break

The PK-6th grade mask mandate will end December 27, 2021, during the Winter Break. When staff and students return from break Monday, January 3, 2022, mask wearing will be a personal choice for all staff and students. The District continues to strongly encourage vaccination for all eligible staff and students, appropriate mask-wearing aligned to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for K-12 Schools, good hand-hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and staying home when sick.

Bus Drivers Needed Decorah Schools has an immediate need for school bus route drivers, activities drivers, and substitute drivers. Drivers need to have an appropriate CDL license or a willingness to obtain the appropriate license. Bus route pay rates vary by the length of the trip, and the compensation for other bussing needs is $16.75 per hour. Those interested can visit the district website or call 563-382-4208 for more information about joining the Decorah Schools transportation tea

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Iowa Department of Education releases new school performance results: Decorah schools receive strong scores

December 14, 2021

The Iowa Department of Education released new results and features in an online school accountability reporting system called the Iowa School Performance Profiles.

Decorah High School and Decorah Middle School were ranked as “High-Performing,” and Carrie Lee Elementary, John Cline Elementary, and West Side Elementary were all named “Commendable.”  Unlike many other schools across the state, Decorah’s overall results have improved or stayed the same compared to pre-pandemic ratings. 

Between 2019 (the last time that the ISASP was administered) and 2021, the number of Iowa schools in the higher categories decreased, and the number of schools in the lowest two categories increased. Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo shared, “It’s important to understand the challenges brought on by the pandemic and to take that into account when looking at the 2021 performance scores.”

The high rankings of Decorah schools reveal how student performance remained strong despite the challenges of the last year. Superintendent Mark Lane commented, “It is important to recognize that the performance profile monitors multiple factors, including student proficiency and growth, student well-being, graduation rate, and college or career readiness. Our results demonstrate the resilience, perseverance, and dedication of our staff and students throughout the pandemic. 

The Iowa School Performance Profiles website shows:

  • Updated scores and ratings for all public schools based on how they performed on a set of accountability measures in the 2020-21 school year.
  • Postsecondary readiness indicators for public high schools based on student participation and scores on college entrance exams, participation in postsecondary or advanced coursework, and percentage of students who are focused on career and technical education within one of six service areas defined in Iowa Code 256.11(5)h.
  • The ability to search and compare school building, school district and state-level performance data.
  • Additional data that are required by law but do not count toward accountability scores.

The latest scores reflect results of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP), which all 327 public school districts administered last spring.

Lane added, “I am incredibly proud of the way we have maintained a focus on student learning and well-being over the past two years.”

The Iowa School Performance Profiles, launched in 2018, meets state and federal requirements to publish report cards reflecting the performance of all public schools.

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