All ADM School Buildings Earn a “High Performing” Rating!

All ADM School buildings earned a rating of “High Performing” on the 2023 Iowa School Performance Profiles (ISPP)! This is the first time that all ADM school buildings have earned this designation and is a significant achievement that appears to be unmatched by any other school district of similar size in the state of Iowa.

According to the data provided by the state and analyzed by the district, only eight school districts in the state of Iowa received a rating of “High Performing” or better for all buildings in the same district. Of these identified districts, five had a total K-12 enrollment of less than 500 students, one had an enrollment of just over 1,000 students and another had an enrollment of just over 1,500 students. ADM had all buildings receive the rating of “High Performing” while serving over 2200 students during the 2022-23 school year, making it the largest school district in the state to reach this goal.

Each year the Iowa Department of Education updates new results to an online school accountability reporting system called the Iowa School Performance Profiles (ISPP). The Iowa School Performance Profiles launched in 2018 and serve as a public report for all public schools. 

The ISPP report generates an overall score and rating for each building in each school district. The score is determined by multiple measures that include student perceptions of the culture and climate of their school building, as well as building performance in areas such as student academic growth, student academic proficiency, graduation rate, postsecondary readiness, and more. Schools can earn the following ratings: Exceptional, High Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority. Due to Adel Elementary only serving students in grades PS-1, it does not generate enough data for the state formula and is simply given the same score as Meadow View Elementary by the Iowa Department of Education.

“According to our analysis of the data provided by the state, it appears that ADM High School is the 10th highest scoring high school in the state of Iowa, ADM Middle School is the 7th highest scoring middle school in the state of Iowa, DeSoto Intermediate is the 58th highest scoring elementary school in Iowa, and Meadow View Elementary is the 15th highest scoring elementary school in Iowa,” said Executive Director Travis Wilkins. “This represents a high level of continuity across our district. ADM families can be confident that their children are in a high-performing environment where students will be challenged to learn at high levels regardless of the ADM school building their child attends.”

When asked about this year’s strong Iowa School Performance Profiles scores, ADM Superintendent Greg Dufoe stated, “These results are a reflection of our incredible teaching staff from preschool to high school and a system of educators and leaders that are fanatically committed to reaching our mission of high levels of learning for all. Over the past few years, we have engaged in a radical reset of leadership and school improvement processes and we are seeing the results of this hard work in scores and reports such as the ISSP, but more importantly in the learning and lives of students.”

ADM residents and community members can access the Iowa School Performance Profiles for ADM and all district at the following website: