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Gerald W Kirn Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 942 students

 
 

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Posted October 12, 2013

Many of the teachers here are great. They do a very good job but I really dislike the grading system as do many of the teachers. It lumps in the kids all together so that the kids who are really working hard are still falling into the same grade lumping as the kids who aren't really trying. There is not much incentive for the students who work hard and care about their education to continue trying nor is there incentive for the kids who aren't trying to buckle down and work any harder. My other complaint is parent teacher conferences. They are a nightmare. Conferences are held in the gyms and you have to repeatedly line up and wait to talk to each of the teachers which will usually take a minimum of two hours. The lines are fairly ridiculous, wait times of about 20 minutes or so, per teacher. Sometimes more sometimes less. There really has to be a better way of handling it like maybe holding conferences over several days, spreading out the number of parents and students instead of all cramming in for a few hours in one night. They could also really stand to expand the art and music programs. Those really benefit the kids. Other than that, I would say keep up the good job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

I don't care for this grading system. My child is failing classes she excelled at before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

It is a great school. My son goes there. Its got a friendly staff and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

Teachers do not show respect for most students. During math I would go up to the teacher to talk about my grades he would continuously interrupt me...which he wouldn't allow me to voice my opinion. But when I switched classes this teacher seemed to be happier when I left. So I think this was more on the personal side. Really the teachers expect too much out of students. I've heard there has been some racial problems also in school. Which makes me uncomfortable having to go here.


Posted November 10, 2007

There is a definite lack of communication. For example, my child's teacher did not return corrected math papers for her to correct even after I requested this. I requested this also through her counselor, later the principal. His response was sometime in the future I could review her grades on line. He was absolutely no help in my quest to have my daughter learn from the mistakes made on her math papers. I've had two children in Kirn. I hope the administration changes before my next child attends Kirn. Many upsetting incidents concerning a lack of discipline. Very disappointing. Children are numbers to be passed through in two years no matter the students needs or problems.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learners30%

Reading

All Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners10%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learners10%

Reading

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learners20%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 81%
Hispanic 9% 9%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Council Bluffs, IA 51503
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