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On December 13, 2017 the Iowa Department of Education relased the latest results of the Iowa School Report Card, a web-based school ratings system.

The Iowa School Report Card, which was launched in 2015 as part of a state legislative requirement, rates public schools on some measures of achievement. They include student proficiency rates in math and reading, student academic growth, narrowing achievement gaps among students, 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.

North Bend Elementary received a "High Performing" rating, one of the 8.8% of Iowa Schools to receive this rating.

The Iowa School Report Card is updated annually to reflect the most recent statewide student assessment results. For most measures, school ratings are based on data from the 2016-17 and 2015-16 school years.  A lack of alignment between Iowa’s statewide test, the Iowa Assessments, and statewide standards also could have impacted scores. A lack of alignment, Staci Hupp a Education Department spokesperson said, means “what is being taught in the classroom is not being tested. ”Statewide, 20.5 percent of Iowa public schools received a higher overall rating than last year, while the rest stayed the same (50.9 percent) or received a lower rating (28.6 percent). The state intended to begin using new assessments as early as next school year, but the development of those tests is on pause as the education company Pearson is challenging the Iowa Department of Education’s award of the contract. Because several measures on the report card are based on statewide assessment results, overall school ratings reflect a decline in proficiency rates. The following chart shows the distribution of school ratings in 2017 and 2016:

 

Exceptional

High-Performing

Commendable

Acceptable

Needs Improvement

Priority

2017

2.2%

8.8%

26.4%

41.5%

15.3%

5.8%

2016

2.1%

10%

30.6%

38.1%

13.2%

5.9%

“We still need to figure what the Every Student Succeeds Act report card is going to look like, and whether that’s going to be a separate entity,” Hupp said.

“These results reinforce the need to continue moving forward with the bold education initiatives Iowa has put in place to strengthen instruction and prepare students for success in high school and beyond,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “It’s encouraging that we’ve made significant progress statewide in improving the reading skills of children in kindergarten through third grade, as shown on early literacy screening assessments given three times a year. I’m also proud that Iowa continues to lead the nation in high school graduation rates.

The Clear Creek Amana Community School District is starting an Agriculture Education Program at the High School and Middle School starting the fall of 2018 for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Dating as far back as the late 1970's the district was able to provide agriculture courses to students through a program run by Kirkwood but when Kirkwood dropped the agriculture program the district was unable to pick it up.

From the time the current CCA Superintendent Tim Kuehl started with the district in 2013, he has had local supporters like Kevin Kinney, Jim Seelman and a number of others mention the desire to start and Ag/FFA program. The community, student and parent interest has increasingly grown these past few years. Initially, students were encouraged to sign up to show their interest, then the district would hire a teacher. The district also tried starting an "Ag Club" in hopes of generating interest to support hiring a teacher. This year the district transported students to the Williamsburg Community School District to participate in their Agriculture program. 

This past fall, High School Principal Mr. Moody attended joint meetings with the Iowa City Community School district as they explored starting an agriculture program as well. In November it was decided CCA would move forward to lay out a possible CCA Agriculture Program with Mr. Moody and Middle School Principal Mr. Fox taking lead to develop what an Agriculture teaching position and program could look like for CCA. The high school will offer the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course the first semester and the following semester would be a combination of the Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal or Plant courses as student interest dictates. These courses would be taught in the mornings at the High School and the Middle School exploratory would be offered in the afternoons. The exploratory would be for both 7th and 8th grades and the agriculture teacher will design the course as an introduction to agriculture to give the students a glimpse of the coursework they would be involved in during high school.

CCA has extended an offer to ICCSD to have students attend courses at CCAHS. At this point CCA does not know if they will or not.

Students taking or who have completed an Ag class will be eligible for the CCA FFA program. FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. Leadership is provided by student officers who are elected each year by the chapter’s members, and by the agriculture teacher who serves as the advisor for the chapter.

FFA is a national organization with state and local chapters. Students could be in the Ag program and choose not to be in FFA. Historically “FFA” stands for Future Farmers of America but FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes student members who are interested in careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. Today they are still Future Farmers of America but for the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America too.

In December a meeting was organized by Kevin Kinney, referred as the "Friends of the FFA". This was a group of about 20 business leaders and individuals supportive of the program. In the future the CCA Ag teacher will work with this group to further the CCA Ag/FFA program.

CCA has posted for the Agriculture teaching position and intend to start the interview process in February.

The mission of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District is to prepare students to be productive, responsible,
community members by providing an environment that inspires quality life-long learning.