About 94 percent of North Polk Central Elementary School students met or exceeded math targets in 2018, outpacing the state average of 78.3 percent, and about 86 percent of students met or exceeded reading targets, outpacing the state average of 77 percent, according to a Des Moines Guide analysis of the latest Iowa School Performance Profiles.
Each year, Iowa public schools are evaluated based on several metrics, including proficiency, growth, conditions for learning and others. Students that met or exceeded proficiency targets achieved what Iowa School Performance Profiles call "minimally sufficient performance level benchmarks in the subjects of mathematics and reading."
In math, 94.1 percent of North Polk Central Elementary School students with low socio-economic status met or exceeded proficiency targets. That is 29.8 percent more than the state average of 64.3. And 76.5 percent with low socio-economic status met or exceeded proficiency targets in reading. That is 12.8 percent more than the state average of 63.7.