DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Education has released its new spring 2022 assessment results from the Iowa Statewide Student Progress Assessment for public school students from Iowa in grades 3 through 11. The results show signs of recovery and progress, with the majority of ratings improving from the previous year.
State-level results from the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISAP) 2021-22 demonstrate proficiency gains in many years, with English performance mostly returning to pre-pandemic grades 3-8 year. Grade 11 results fell the most from last year, dropping four percentage points.
ISASP math scores increased from grades 3 to 7. Grades 8 and 10 saw a one percentage point drop, while Grade 9 saw a two percentage point drop in the percentage of students with a proficiency score compared to last year. Grade 11 results fell by five percentage points. Science, which is assessed in grades 5, 8 and 10, exceeded pre-pandemic levels in all three years.
“These data reflect the commitment of Iowa educators to meeting the individual needs of their students and how using evidence-based supports can help students grow and thrive,” said Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Department of Education. “We are moving in the right direction in many areas, but there is still work to be done. This crucial data will help schools with their improvement planning, target relief funds to meet high needs, and restore the growth Iowa students experienced before the pandemic.
The ISASP is administered each spring and is the summative accountability assessment in Iowa that meets the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ISASP reflects what is taught in Iowa classrooms and how students progress toward the grade level expectations outlined in the Iowa Academic Standards. This makes the ISASP a measure that helps teachers understand where students are doing well and where they may need more help.
State assessments play an important role in promoting equity in education, identifying student needs, and targeting resources to meet them. This data exists because the vast majority of students in the past two years have participated in ISASP. Iowa’s ISASP participation rate was 98% in 2020-21 and 97% in 2021-22, ensuring the results accurately reflect student performance.
Spring ISASP results by district are available on the Iowa Department of Education website at https://educateiowa.gov/documents/proficiency-district/2022/09/2021-2022-isasp -proficiency-rates-district-and-grade .