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Page Ten N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, February 26, 2015 .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools In my last update to you, I was anxious to see the results of the new Iowa Attendance Center Rankings. I wondered aloud if Norwalk was a "good school by reputation" or if we really are "a good school" by state indicators of quality. Our reputation is good, but we had no tools to make comparisons with other "good schools." Until now! 1. The graphs show all 300 Iowa DISTRICTS on scatter plots. One graphic is for district-wide math and the second for district-wide reading scores. The X-axis represent  "minimum proficiency" scores. We are accustomed to that metric since the introduction of No Child Left Behind federal legislation. The Y-axis represents "college and work readiness." This is a new benchmark score derived from the ACT and cross-referenced with Iowa Test Scores. Using this strategy, college and work readiness can be predicted at any grade 4 through 11 by using our Iowa Tests results. 2. In both metrics, you will see that some schools outperform Norwalk in minimum proficiency (but not many). You will also see that some outperform us on college and work readiness (but not many). The shaded box at the top right represents the even smaller number of schools that outperform Norwalk in BOTH minimum proficiency and college readiness. You will see about 14/300 schools outperform Norwalk in district reading and around 5/300 districts in math. In effect, we raised the bar for ALL kids (college and work readiness), while still providing a "safety net" for challenged learners (minimum proficiency). 3. We must continue to work hard to address our non-proficient students with basic skills and targeted protocols. But, we also must continue our momentum into higher order work for college and work readiness. So, is Norwalk a good school by reputation .... or are we actually a good school? We are actually a good school! In fact, we are one of the elite schools in Iowa, according to the statewide Attendance Center Ranking results. But, good can be the enemy of great. We can raise that bar again, if we expect 100% of our kids to be minimally proficient AND 100% of our kids being college and work ready. Our Warriors will enjoy more successful and rewarding lives if we accomplish that work .... again. You can find this information at http://reports.educateiowa.gov/acr Password: Educate! I have never been more proud of this district and the results of our kids. Congratulations school board, staff, parents, students and our community partners. Go Warriors! Volunteers Interview Lakewood 5th Grade Students Start the day off right! Pictured, Row 1: Kate Baldwin, Business Manager of Norwalk Schools; Gail Beermann, Retired from Norwalk Schools; Deb Blanchard, Retired from Norwalk Schools; Kathryn Schmidt, President of Norwalk School Board; Maribeth Wright, Norwalk School Board Member. Row 2: George Meinecke, City State Bank/School Board Member; Tim Stephany, Stephany Insurance; Bryan Greiner, Manager of Fareway; Bob Baldwin, Baldwin Construction;Denny Wulf, Superintendent of Norwalk Schools; Sara Neil, South Des Moines Chiropractic; Curtis Waddingham, UnityPoint Health; Justin Droppert, Nationwide Insurance; Eric Lloyd, Iowa Moving 1; Tom Phillips, Mayor of Norwalk. Not pictured: Anita Varme, Volunteer for Norwalk Schools. Photo submitted. Several volunteers came to Lakewood Elementary Monday, Feb. 16, to interview all of the fifth grade students. The purpose was to help the students achieve the experience of a job interview to participate at JA Biztown in Des Moines in March. JA Biztown provides the students the opportunity to practice work readiness in a job setting for an entire day. 515-223-1150 P.O. Box 160 Norwalk, Iowa www.kwlol.com @,. :*  t,i:. In-Floor ~ Geothermal Heating "Insured & Certified" (515) 989.0106 SALES ~ SERVICE - REPLACEMENT BATHROOM REMODEL 1