The Results Are In. Our Scores Are Remarkable.
Reviewing our 2016-2017 standardized test scores, all of our classrooms performed extremely well.
Rainard Lower and Middle Schools
Using the Iowa Assessments (Iowa Test; ITBS), a nationally-recognized standardized test by the College of Education of the University of Iowa, our Lower School (Primary and Elementary classrooms) and our Middle School (Intermediate and Middle School classrooms) students’ results were outstanding.
Our lower and middle school classrooms tested at 4.0+ grades above grade equivalent.
80% of lower and middle school classrooms tested at 4.7+ grades above grade equivalent.
Our middle school classrooms tested at 7+ grades above grade equivalent.
In fact, most of our middle school grade equivalent groups reached the test’s maximum measurement of 13+—an extraordinary achievement! Impressively, these scores resulted in a 12.3% average increase over last year. This performance marked the second year in a row that our middle school students had noteworthy increases year over year.
Rainard High School
Using the ACT College Readiness Assessment, a nationally-recognized standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions, our high school students continue to outrank their peers nationally.
31.5—Rainard high school students (source: Rainard; Four-year average; 2012-2016)
23.2—Private School average (source: Council for American Private Education, 2016)
20.8—National average (source: ACT; The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2016)
Dedicated to Progress
Four years ago, our administration made significant internal changes, including the appointment of Dr. Tara Tomicic as Head of School. The core changes quickly drove the creation of a supportive, continuous improvement culture throughout our entire school community. Teachers, staff members, and students have all responded positively. We have reached incredibly low teacher turnover, our learning environments have naturally flourished, and our students standardize test scores have increased accordingly.
Focused on Mastering Concepts
At Rainard, we do not, in any way, teach to ‘the test.’ While we agree that standardized tests are a method of measuring skills, the focus in our classrooms is in mastering concepts, and standardized tests cannot measure conceptual growth. To help reduce test anxiety, we have implemented communications with students and teachers alike on test-taking strategies and in creating a better environment on testing days.
Inspiring Joy in Learning
We are rightfully proud of our results. We commend our faculty who work tirelessly to meet each of our students’ academic, social, and emotional needs, and we recognize the outstanding achievement of our students that followed. These truly exceptional results support our vision for a school environment designed to inspire joy in learning for our entire community.