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Branstad, Reynolds outline educational achievement goals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:05

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today joined Des Moines North High School Principal Matthew Smith to outline their educational achievement goals.

In 1992, Iowa was a top performer on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation’s report card because it is the only state-by-state comparison. Iowa eighth-graders were No. 1 in math, with an average score of 283. Iowa fourth-graders placed fifth in reading, with score of 225, but no state scored significantly higher.

By 2011, the most recent national test data, Iowa eighth-graders had fallen to 25th in math, with a score of 285. Iowa fourth-graders had dropped to 29th in reading with a score of 221.

The governor identified his first achievement target: For Iowa to score in the top 10 on national tests in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math by 2019.

“National tests in reading and math are given every two years,” said Branstad. “If the Legislature passes our education reform package, it would be fully implemented in 2017-18. The 2019 national tests would be our first opportunity to see how we are doing a few years into implementation.”

Meanwhile, by 2011 many other states significantly improved their scores bypassing Iowa in the rankings. No. 1 Massachusetts, for example, in 2011 scored 299 in eighth-grade math, and No. 2 Minnesota scored 295. Third-place New Jersey scored 294.

By 2011, in fourth-grade reading, No. 1 Massachusetts scored 237, followed by second-place New Jersey and third-place Maryland each scoring 231.

Branstad also stressed the importance of Iowa’s global competitiveness.

“Iowa eventually will need to benchmark not only against No. 1 Massachusetts but against academic stars like Singapore, Canada and Finland,” said Branstad.

Attracting more top students into teaching is a focus of the governor and lieutenant governor’s education reform plan. In the Iowa class of 2012, students who took the ACT who said they plan to become teachers scored lower than other test-takers. Here is the breakdown:

  • Prospective teachers (820 students) had an average composite score of 20.8.
  • For other test-takers (22,299), the average composite score was 22.2.

“Higher expectations for all students mean it’s no longer reasonable to expect one principal in each building to provide all the instructional leadership needed,” said Reynolds. “That’s why we’re calling for principal and teacher leadership teams to work together to do this.”

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Local Students Named to Dean's List at Cornell College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Kelly   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:56

MOUNT VERNON, IA (02/11/2013)(readMedia)-- Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, named 254 students to the Dean's List for the fall semester. The following students in your area were named to the list.

Stephanie Campbell of Bettendorf, earned Honors.

Rachel Henning of De Witt, earned High Honors.

Erin McDonnell of De Witt, earned Highest Honors.

Leanna Doyle of Davenport, earned High Honors.

A grade point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale is required for this designation. "Highest honors" are granted to students with 4.0 averages; "high honors" are awarded to students with 3.8 to 3.99 averages; and "honors" include grade point averages of 3.6 to 3.79.

One of the 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar. The OCAAT schedule provides students with intellectual immersion, academic focus, and unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study off-campus, pursue research, or accept an internship-all without missing out on other classes. Founded in 1853, the college's entire hilltop campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, visit www.cornellcollege.edu.

 
Rivermont Collegiate Academic Fair Events – Amazing Work from QC Students! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:39

11th Grade Service Project Presentations – Tuesday, 2/12 – 1:00 p.m.

Community service projects, including a minimum of 15 hours of service, are completed by each 11th grade student.  During these formal presentations, students explain how they applied academic learning to real human and community needs and how the experience not only benefitted others, but affected them personally.

 

7th Grade Living Biography Performances – Thursday, 2/14 – 11:40 a.m.

Celebrated athletes, distinguished presidents, legendary musicians, and more – see them come to life on stage as students perform Living Biographies!

 

Academic Fair – Thursday, 2/14 – 6:00 p.m.

Students in grades 2-11 present academic projects on display in the gym - the culmination of months of research and preparation – prepare to be amazed! 

 

 

11th Grade Service Projects

Student presentations: Tuesday, 2/12 – 1:00 p.m.

Café on Vine, Davenport

Guanacaste Conservation Area, Costa Rica

Imani! Dancers & Studio for Cultural Arts, Davenport

St. Augustine’s Primary School, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island

Skip-a-Long Child Development Services, Quad Cities

7th Grade Living Biographies

Performances for judging: Thursday, 2/14 – 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Elvis Presley

Eric Clapton

Bethany Hamilton

Anne Sullivan

Abraham Lincoln

Hershel Williams

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Dean Martin

Pat Miletich

Natalie Coughlin

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Marilyn Monroe

Cristiano Ronaldo

 
AUTO SHOW TOPS $205,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carol Slaughter   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:27

$24,000 in Scholarship Money Given at Premier Night at the Iowa Illinois Regional Auto Show.

(Davenport) The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the Iowa/Illinois Regional Auto Show Scholarships:

Alexandra Gustafson: Galva High School, Recommended by Gustafson Ford, Kewanee, IL Alexandra was awarded $4,000

Katherine Hopkins: Davenport Central High School, Recommended by Lujack’s Northpark Auto Plaza Katherine was awarded $4,000

Jonelle Humphrey: Galva High School, Recommended by Sexton Ford Jonelle was awarded $4,000

Madison Ruge: Bettendorf High School, Recommended by Zimmerman Honda Madison was awarded $4,000

Alex Timmerman: Bettendorf High School, Recommended by Rotman Motor Company, Maquoketa, IA Benjamin was awarded $4,000

Jacob Arnold: Annawan High School, Jacob was the winner for the technical school award and was awarded $5,000

The Auto Show has given to date over $230,000 in scholarships to 81 area students. Proceeds from the Auto Show support the Scholarship Fund. A special presentation of $8,000 was made by the Quad City Times to be deposited to the scholarship fund from sales efforts of the Auto Show Special Supplement. Sponsors of the Premier include: IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, Automated Data Processing, S & S Automotive, The Greater Quad City Auto Auction and Enterprise Car Rental.

 
Jesse Cole Named to Dean's List at Rockford College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rockford College Communications Office   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:14

ROCKFORD, IL (02/07/2013)(readMedia)-- Jesse Cole a resident of Erie, IL, was named to the Dean's List at Rockford College.

Students attending Rockford College were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2012 semester who earned at least a 3.5 GPA with no grades below "C."

Rockford College's Fall 2012 Dean's List includes those students who meet all requirements at the time the list is compiled. Students who have incomplete coursework as of the date the list is compiled are not be included in the current List. This list should not be considered an official confirmation of award. Official confirmation will be recorded on students' transcripts.

Rockford College is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The College offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford College is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a "College with a Conscience," Rockford College currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students.

Rockford College announced on October 2, 2012 that it will officially change to Rockford University effective July 1, 2013. For more information on the College's transition, visit: http://www.rockford.edu/?UniversityStatus.

 
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