Des Moines Public Schools Test Scores Improve - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Public Schools Test Scores Improve

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By: Claire Powell


Des Moines Public Schools saw an increase in reading and math scores on the 2012-2013 Iowa Assessment test.

The increase was anywhere between 1.5-4.5% at all levels including elementary, middle and high schools.

"The teachers have done fantastic work with building leadership," said Superintendent Thomas Ahart, Des Moines Public Schools. "I'm very proud of the staff, I think they're very excited about the results and it's really telling that when you have good teachers who are working smart, collaboratively and who really honestly believe that our students can improve and learn that tremendous results are possible."

The largest gain was at the 11th grade reading level.

East High School reading teacher Kortny Williamson said the small class sizes and one-on-one time with teachers has really made a difference for some of her students.

"When you go from a class of thirty to 8-10, it's a lot easier to do that one-on-one work and really focus on each student individually. Once they see what they've achieved after going through this class they do get excited, they may not show it to everybody, but they come back and show us and that's fun to see," said Williamson.

And for sophomore Moses Yassia, seeing a better score put a smile on his face.

"It felt good, I felt like I actually made a big accomplishment because years back I never did good like that honestly, so getting my scores back I was amazed because I made a big step from where I was before and I made a big move," said Yassia. He also said he's looking forward to the test this year so he can try harder in other subjects outside of reading.

"That's a really important measure for me. We're actually gaining ground on achievement gaps and that's really what we're all about here," said Ahart. 

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