School Details

Howe Elementary School

2900 Indianola, Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8413
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 276 students 16 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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78%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
59%
64%
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62%
76%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
69%
82%
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82%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
51%
62%
78%
59%
62%
75%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
70%
80%
60%
68%
81%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
48%
63%
78%
64%
62%
75%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Howe Elementary School is a public elementary school in Des Moines. 276 students attend Howe Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 86% of the 276 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Howe Elementary School is 16:1. McKinley Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 47% 48%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Asian 3% %
Hispanic 24% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 17%
Multiracial 10% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 67%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I think Howe has to be one of the best schools in the district. The teachers that my children have had are outstanding. These teachers truly care about their students. I am so grateful for all of the hard working staff at this school.

  • (9 months ago)

    I love this school. The principal is wonderful. She has done such a great job setting expectations for the students and listens to the parents. The teachers are also very effective in the classroom. My three children love Howe and so do I.

  • (2 years ago)

    Spend a minimal amount of time in this school and it's clear why it is rated as is. It's about the paycheck from everyone from the teachers to the front office. It's a positive thing that the students have a lot of homework. This ensures they get the assistance they need. Lacks teamwork and partnerships.

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Overall score

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