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Hoover Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 400 students

 

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Posted November 15, 2011

Poor district for college-bound kids. The school has low academic and professional standards. We encountered repeated instances of dishonesty and unprofessionalism. In some cases, what we were told as parents differed from what staff/teachers told administration, and our child reported that what actually happened was something else entirely. Once we received a parent letter stating that students were doing poorly in math because they were "lazy." No consideration was given to changing curriculum or teaching strategies to help struggling students. The administration knew of these incidents and others, but was unwilling/unable to take effective action to address the problems. The community is insular and not welcoming to outsiders, and there is a district-wide culture of tolerance for bullying, including teacher/staff-on-student. There is much small town gossip, and children of newcomers are treated differently from children whose families have been in the community for decades. This is a particularly unpleasant place to be "the new kid." But the good news is, Iowa has open enrollment laws and many nearby districts are friendly and have strong academics and high standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2011

Hoover Elementary is a GREAT school in a wonderful community. The teachers and administrators are dedicated to helping all students reach their potential.


Posted February 8, 2010

Teachers and support staff genuinely care about the students. Excellent school in a great community!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Great teachers, small town community, big time opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

West Branch and Hoover Elementary--great students, great parents, great teachers, great volunteers, great commmunity members! What more do we need to say? :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

The shcool spirit is awesome!!! Makes you want to be in school again!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The class sizes are kept small and the staff truly cares!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Every day I see students making choices based on good character traits!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 22, 2009

We have wonderful teachers, small classrooms and a great sense of community at West Branch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Hoover Elementry has bee around for a very long time. I have countless memories there as a child. Currently I coach youth basketball there along with a number of other parents. I just love it there!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

We have great teachers and a super principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

The teachers and staff are fantastic! They knowledgeable, kind, caring, supportive and encouraging! As a parent, you feel good knowing your kids are learning and being cared for. The kids pick up on all these traits that are being modeled for them and in turn are good to each other and proud.
—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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

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

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
83%
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 Students65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged73%
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
White80%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities36%
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 Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 81%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 23%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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West Branch, IA 52358
Phone: (319) 643-7211

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