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Mark Twain Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 264 students

 

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2012:
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Posted September 1, 2014

It is important to understand that Twain's low rating is most likely based on test scores alone. Test scores can be misleading. Twain has a diverse student body, and a wonderful, supporting atmosphere. It is a striving and thriving community, and if you are looking for a school for your child where every teacher will do their best to help your kid as an individual and make sure they perform to the best of their ability, then go to Twain. Go Tigers! (Twain also won "Best Float" at last year's City High Homecoming Parade - because we have students, teachers, and parents that care and support their school wholeheartedly!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Mark Twain is a great school. My children attend and look forward to going to school everyday. The staff is always caring and willing to listen. Go Mark Twain Tigers!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

This the best elementary school in Iowa City. Don't let the rating fool you. Come to the school and find out yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

An absolutely fantastic school with unbelievable teachers, staff, and principal! I would urge any prospective Iowa City parent to come check it out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

Phenomenal teachers and a diverse student body. My son is a very, very young Kindergartner and already, a few months into his experience at Twain, he's reading books on his own, adding and subtracting, and meeting so many friends from different backgrounds. Most important: He's in love with learning and looks forward to school every day. We've had a great experience so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2012

The best school in all of Iowa City. Great leadership, wonderful and caring teachers. I would not want our daughter to be in any other school!
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Posted March 2, 2012

Twain has a truly remarkable staff of very dedicated teachers led by a strong, attentive and committed principal and supported by an excellent staff. I literally cannot say enough good things about the education that my daughter has received at this school. The school's motto is "We are a responsible, caring, community" and it is true. The overall, holistic commitment to helping students learn and succeed can be felt throughout the school in many, many ways. Iowa City is blessed with many strong schools but Twain is the one that I want my daughter to be in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

This school is wonderful! I have no complaints. Twain has wonderful teachers & staff. I feel very lucky that my children go to such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
33%
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 Students54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged47%
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 Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
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 Students47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
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 Students52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged39%
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 37% 81%
Black 33% 5%
Hispanic 27% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1355 Deforest Ave
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: (319) 688-1165

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