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IDOE Creates New Website

TO:  CAL Community School District Parents and Patrons                DATE:      January 30, 2015


SUBJECT:    Attendance Center Ranking and CAL School Improvement


I am writing to inform you that CAL Community School District is releasing additional student achievement results.  


The Iowa Department of Education has been working to fulfill a legislative requirement to develop a system for evaluating and ranking all public schools based on their performance on certain measures. This requirement was part of House File 215 from the 2013 legislative session. The system is known as the Attendance Center Rankings. The legislation requires the Department to evaluate and rank schools based on nine required measures and to post this information on our website.


The first phase consists of a web application that displays results for two of the nine required measures: student proficiency rates and growth toward college and career readiness.


Specifically, this web application will allow users to look up the following for all public schools:

1) The percentage of students who met proficiency on the Iowa Assessments and Alternate Assessment in math and reading for grades 3-8 and 11.

2) The percentage of students who met their individual growth target toward college and career readiness.


Posted to the Iowa Department of Education’s homepage: educateiowa.gov.




1.  Contact the Superintendent’s Office at 641-579-6087.

2.  Contact the High School Office at 641-579-6085.

3.  Go to CAL District Website:  cal.k12.ia.us    CLICK: District    CLICK: Attendance Center Ranking (ACR)



Many indicators show the CAL Community School District is offering a top-quality education. We know that continuous improvement is important to ensure all of our students are reaching their highest potential. Our staff has already begun to identify areas for improvement, by using student achievement data.


The CAL School District professional development plan is focused on Teacher development to know and implement the Iowa CORE, collaboration to use student achievement data to make timely instructional decisions, collaboration to utilize intervention specialists that are being trained in the district.


The CAL Community School pledges to follow strategies to promote effective parent involvement.

Teachers will routinely communicate with parents for two major purposes:

1.  Ensure that parents are aware of students’ skills (using student achievement data).

2.  Ensure that parents know what strategies and plans the teacher has to instruct the students to increase the skill levels.



Parent support is essential to help your student reach his or her highest academic success, but parents may need ideas about the best way to be involved.


A few suggestions include:


1.  Communicate regularly with your child’s teachers about overall goals for the year and your child’s progress toward those goals.


2. Make sure your child attends school regularly. Attendance is important at every grade level. When your child must be absent, please talk with the teacher to coordinate make-up work and assignments.


3. Help your child with his or her homework. If you are unable to help, contact the school to request a tutor.


4. Volunteer at the school. Every teacher needs volunteers to help in the classroom, or even with projects that can be done in your home.


The CAL Community School District intends to offer assistance for students and parents to work together to improve student opportunities and student achievement.

As parents, you can be assured your student(s) continue to receive a high quality education at CAL Community School District. The assessment results cited by Attendance Center Rankings (ACR) are one useful measurement for us, but we also have many other indicators to demonstrate our students’ achievements.


We are very proud of our students and of the education they receive from the staff at CAL Community School District. CAL Community School District has a number of success stories, contact us for more information.


We are also committed to continuous improvement, and we will continue to seek innovative solutions and make any changes necessary to benefit student learning.


We appreciate and depend on your ongoing support and assistance, and welcome your suggestions.



Mr. Dwight D. Widen                    Mr. Scott Striegel

Superintendent/Elementary Principal            Grades 6-12 Principal/Activities Director

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