St. Edmond exceeds on Iowa Assessments test for 2014

St. Edmond Catholic School scored high on the Iowa Assessments standardized test in March.

All state goals were exceeded by students in the Catholic school’s elementary, middle and high school levels. And grades four through 11 all improved their overall scores from last year, according to John Howard, St. Edmond High School principal.

“These scores are some of the best we’ve seen in a long, long time,” Howard said.

All elementary students (grades three through five) exceeded the national average on 99 percent of all testing domains in reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. And the average core composite score was the 74th percentile, an increase of 7 percent from 2013.

At the middle school level, all grades improved their overall average composite score. The average core composite score was the 73rd percentile, a 10 percent increase from 2013. The students also exceeded the national average on 98.5 percent of all testing domains.

At the high school level (grades nine through 11), one-third of the students scored at the 90th percentile or above on their total composite score. All of the students scored above the national average on 100 percent of the testing domains. And nine students scored at the 99th percentile, the highest score possible.

“I think it’s a tremendous acknowledgment of our students, how they’re motivated to take the test, how they want to do well,” Howard said. “It’s tremendous recognition for our staff, teaching and implementing the Iowa Core curriculum. It’s a reflection on our parents, being supportive of what we do here. It’s really all about a team effort, and producing the best scores that we could.”

The improvements come from closer adherence to the Iowa Core in the school’s curriculum, Howard said.

“We’re more focused on the Iowa Core because these tests are based solely on the Iowa Core standards,” he said. “The more we implement the Iowa Core in the classroom, the better our students are going to perform on the test.”

Mary Gibb, St. Edmond president, said she was pleased with the results.

“It’s fantastic. Our current seventh-graders, there’s not one kid who’s not proficient in math and science,” she said. “That’s pretty awesome.”

Gibb said there is still room for improvement, though.

“We’re not going to settle at this,” she said. “Hopefully next year they are even better and we continually keep improving. That’s a goal of mine, to maintain academic excellence here.”