The 2018-2019 school year was a year of change for the Red Oak Community School District. While the buildings were feeling the physical changes brought about by the additions and restructuring of our facilities project, students and teachers saw a change in the once a year assessment formerly known as Iowa Assessments. The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) was introduced to districts across the state in the fall of 2018 which brought new opportunities for the students in grades 3-11 to showcase their knowledge across the following subject areas: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and (for grades 5, 8, and 10) Science. All school districts across the state of Iowa used the ISASP and will continue to use it each Spring. This new assessment asks students to not only answer multiple choice questions but also fill in the blank questions and write essays. The test is available online as well as the paper pencil version.
Students in the Red Oak Community School District took the assessment last April and the district received the results this October. The staff will continue to dig into the information provided from the assessments to better understand what our students did well, what areas need to be strengthened and we will continue to focus on giving our students the best opportunities we can for them to be successful in life after high school. Communication will be made once student reports are ready to go home.
Want to know how you can help your child do the best he/she can? Make sure they are at school unless ill, they have a nutritious breakfast, a good night of sleep, and send them off on a positive note. Ask your child about his/her grades, what projects he/she is working on, or what story he/she read that day. When we make coming to school and being engaged in learning the expectation every day, then we are showing our children that education matters and we want what is best for them.