Dear Families and Community:

Knowing where you are and where you want to go is a key part of growth and improvement. Our district regularly uses education data to tell us how our students are progressing and to adjust instruction for better results. 

The state is now providing an additional source of information with the release of the Iowa School Report Card. This web-based tool provides a snapshot of every Iowa public school’s performance on certain educational measures, such as student attendance and proficiency rates on the Iowa Assessments.

The goal of the Iowa School Report Card is to present certain education data that makes it easy for the public to find and understand. The Iowa Department of Education developed this tool in response to a 2013 legislative requirement (House File 215). 

Specifically, the Iowa School Report Card scores schools on several educational measures and then assigns an overall rating to each school based on its performance on the measures.  Click on the link below for a guide which provides an explanation of the measures.

The Mason City Community School District encourages our families and our community to explore the information provided in the Iowa School Report Card. Please do not hesitate to ask questions about our district’s improvement efforts, and ask what you can do to support our teachers and students.

You can locate our schools’ results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Report Card, on the following website:

Below are links to a “FAQ from Parents” and a “Quick Guide” from the Department of Education. After reviewing this information on the Iowa School Report Card should you have any questions, please contact your building principal or Michael Penca, Superintendent of Schools at 641-421-4401 (automated selection #1) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Quick Guide to the Iowa School Report Card -- Department of Education

Frequently Asked Questions -- Department of Education