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Herbert Hoover Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 23, 2013

Hoover is a wonderful school. Teachers work together as a team, children are made to feel welcome and a part of the school community. I don't know what a previous poster means about the "food fights". As a parent of 2 children in Hoover I think this is an issue among a few students - not the school as a whole. Issues with curriculum are not school decisions - those are handed down from district administrators. Having had a child in another after-school program in Iowa City, I can say that HOCC (the program at Hoover) is fantastic. They offer a variety of activities (cooking club, art club, etc.) and the staff are genuinely engaged with the children - not simple observers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

A frustratingly bad school. It all depends on the teacher your child gets, some are great, some terrible. My child had one great teacher, and two terrible ones. The school has had 5 principals in the past 6 years, and another one is due in the Fall. The food fights at lunch are disheartening, and my child refuses to eat at school anymore. We are in the process of transferring our child out. Even that is very difficult.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2012

I don't think the previous poster understands what a SINA designation means. In a marvelous school district like Iowa City, the NCLB act is a farce. If your schools are performing at high levels and your kids are getting great scores, there is not much room for improvement. Therefore, they show no improvement and get labelled. Hoover is a wonderful school. I was very worried about overcrowding but somehow they have done a wonderful job under adverse conditions. My child, who had some struggles, has had 3 teachers there, one was good, the other two were amazing! I honestly have cried thinking how different things would be if he had had a different Kindergarten teacher. And the after school program is great. In general, the staff and kids love each other. I am completely satisfied with the supervision they get. Their staffing exceeds that necessary by law. (They also have the best food for a before and after school program.) *The principal position is vacant at the moment and the inerim principal starts next week so I didn't rate that part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

This is a now a school in need of assistance. It was the school everyone wanted to transfer to from other schools that were labeled schools in need of assistance. Classes are overcrowded and understaffed. Difficult to schedule time to meet with the principal or teachers. Resources are spread thin and has changed to a curriculum is a one size fits all with little flexibility to meed kids individual needs. The before and after school program is more a babysitting service with little actual supervision and little involvement from the staff. Staff regularly allow students to roam halls and other areas without supervision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

The staff here keep the kids wanting to be involved. From reading and math, to pacers(early a.m. track walking) and sports, involvement in the community and of course sports. Friendships are bonded, new friends welcomed.


Posted June 2, 2009

Teachers spend their entire careers at this school. When the teachers love the school that much, the students benefit. All the staff know and care about all the students and their family. Can't beat it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

i think hoover school is the best school i iowa city, they have the best teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2003

Hoover Elementary is simply outstanding. Iowa City has very high educational standards, and Hoover still compares quite favorably. We are the parents of 3 students, all ethnic minorities, and the acceptance they have received at Hoover has been amazing.
—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 77% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
70%
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 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%
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 78% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%
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 72% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%
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 Students81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 81%
Black 11% 5%
Hispanic 5% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2200 East Court St
Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone: (319) 688-1110

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