KCSD elementary scores highest in Lee County in overall state performance

Each of the Keokuk Community School District’s schools showed growth on the Iowa Schools Report Card for the 2022-23 school year and the Keokuk High School and the elementary schools showed enough growth to move up to a higher rating. 

Hawthorne and George Washington
2021-22, commendable 59.29
2022-23, high performing 62.18

2021-22, acceptable 50.59
2022-23, acceptable 52.65

2021-22, acceptable 52.78
2022-23, commendable 55.31

KHS moved up to a commendable score/rating and the elementary schools improved overall to a score/rating of High Performing with no targeted need for support for any group for the 2022-23 school year on the Iowa Schools Report Card, according to the Iowa Department of Education. At KMS the assessment showed that the school was able to sustain their level with growth through continued systems of support.

“The more recent numbers validate the continued effort of all in our district,”Natalie Ulloa, instructional services coordinator, said. “Improving in this way takes time and trust in the work and in our people with a supportive and collaborative working environment that includes our administration, teachers, parents and students.”

Over the 2022-23 school year several interventions and program improvements were implemented to support the students and improve the overall scores. The KCSD elementary schools once again have the highest overall performance scores in Lee County and third highest in the Great Prairie Area Education Association, which includes 16 school districts in the Southeast region of Iowa.

“This gives us another year of celebration and the motivation to keep moving forward and focus on what’s best for kids,” Dr. Kathy Dinger, KCSD superintendent, said. “It makes me proud to be born and raised in Keokuk.”

As the elementary school students progress up through the grades and schools, the school district plans to evolve to support this high performing group.

For more information on the Iowa School Performance scores, go to iaschoolperformance.gov.

SOURCE:Keokuk Elementary Iowa Schools Report Card: https://www.iaschoolperformance.gov/ECP/StateDistrictSchool/DistrictSummary?k=8696&y=2023