About 53.4 percent of Drexler Middle- Intermediate School students are on track to be ready for college or a career by the end of high school, outpacing the state average of 47.5 percent, according to a Dubuque County Guide analysis of the latest Iowa schools report card.
The college and career ready growth category is based on students' progress in math and reading over the previous two years.
Results show 46 percent of the school's students met or surpassed milestones in reading and mathematics to give them a high probability of success at a post-secondary level. The state average in this category was 39.5 percent.
The Iowa assessment result also indicated that 55.4 percent of students met milestones associated with their grade levels so their achievement in a year matches expectations for their grade level. The state average for such academic growth was 51.5 percent.
Each year, Iowa public schools are evaluated based on several metrics, including proficiency, graduation rate, annual growth, college readiness, attendance and staff retention, among others. The combined scores of each metric yield an overall ranking: exceptional, high-performing, commendable, acceptable, needs improvement and priority.
Drexler Middle- Intermediate School was ranked 'commendable' in 2017.
Drexler Middle- Intermediate School growth