School Improvement Advisory Committee Minutes – November 18, 2021

District Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential.

Chair: Afiya Bilata
Vice-Chair: Sherry Martin
Facilitator: Dr. Kim Buryanek
Secretary: Erin Bourne

The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) met on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in the
ESC Board Room.

Attendees: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Leslie Heying, Jeremy Saint, Monique Scarlett,
Amanda Beougher, Afiya Bilata, Bill Burrack, Cecelia Ronnfeldt, Cheryl Connot, Daniel Harder,
Greg Giles, Heidi Kammer-Hodge, Benjamin Jackson, Joe Simons, Joseph Riker, Joshua Potter,
Juliana Benitez, Yemane Kifle, Kristi Maloney, Kenny Lam, Laura Mesz, William Lohr, Marco
Linares, Megan Lawrey, Molly Timmins, Lamarion Mothershead, Nick Kuester, Sherry Martin,
Tammy Noble, Teri France and Aiden Westra

Guests / Visitors: Angela Bemus, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Call to Order: Afiya Bilata, Committee Chair, called the meeting to order at 5:16 p.m. Committee
members were asked to introduce himself or herself and share a little something about themselves.

Student Achievement Report

Angela Bemus presented the 2020-2021 Student Achievement Annual Report, which includes Iowa School Performance Profile Designation results, Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) data, District Common Assessments (DCA) data, Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) data, attendance data and ACT data. The presentation aligns with Focus 2022 Goal 1: Prove Relevant, Rigorous and Innovative Academics.

Iowa School Performance Profile

Mrs. Bemus explained the different components the state measures when determining a school’s
designation status based on ISASP data. Each component is weighted and the weight varies between the components and grade levels. Some schools may be categorized lower than other schools, even though they may have more students proficient this year. This is because the Iowa School Performance Profile ranking weights growth from year to year higher than proficiency for the current year.

After ISASP data is collected, schools are designated in one of the following categories: exceptional, high performing, commendable, acceptable, needs improvement, or priority. The most recent data available from the state shows the District had 17 of 18 schools designated as high performing, commendable or acceptable. One school was designated ‘priority’ due to not meeting the state required level of participation of 95%. During the 2011-12 school year, 18 schools were designated as ‘a school in need of assistance’ by the Iowa Department of Education. Administration acknowledges the progress since 2011-12, and credits teachers, staff and building leaders.


ISASP measures proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and math in grades 3-11, and science in grades 5, 8, and 10. Mrs. Bemus shared proficiency scores for each grade level, subject, and provided the state average score compared to the District. The District’s proficiency in reading is higher than the state average, while math is lower than the state average. When looking at the District’s proficiency scores, it is important to keep in mind proficient means passing all domains in a subject area. A student may be proficient in all but one domain, but are scored non-proficient because of the one domain they did not master.


DCAs compare a student’s understanding of the standards in ELA, math, science and social studies. DCAs are developed by curriculum teams and consist of multiple-choice tests, essays, labs, speeches and other methods that measure independent academic achievement aligned to the standards. Mrs. Bemus presented the results compared to previous years for all grade levels. She reported 70% of elementary students are performing at or above their grade level in all subjects, 77% of middle school students are passing all DCAs, and 79% of high school students are passing all DCAs.


FAST is a reading and math assessment required by the state of Iowa in grades K-5. Because of the
pandemic, there is no end-of-year data for 2019-20. From 2015-16 to 2018-19, reading proficiency
increased by 17%. Data from 2020-21 indicates proficiency decreased due to the pandemic year,
however, when including the 2020-21 data in the five year comparison, proficiency still increased 10% district-wide. Additionally, math proficiency declined due to the pandemic from fall 2019 to fall 2020 but increased from fall 2020 to fall 2021.


The average daily attendance for the last five years for high school students is 90% and 93% for both middle and elementary school students. The data provided indicates attendance did decrease for the 2020-21 school year for all grade levels due to the pandemic.


The ACT is administered to all junior students during the school day. The District offers the
opportunity for all students to take the ACT regardless of students’ post-secondary plans. The average composite score for the District in 2020-21 is 20.2, while the average for the state is 21.5. The ACT for this school year is scheduled for April of 2022.

Strategic Plan Update

This item was tabled until the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 6:26 p.m. The next SIAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 22,
2022 at 5:15 p.m.