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Irving Elementary gets support from community after District ranking

Parents and educators explained why Irving Elementary does more than standardized testing lets on
Students get lessons in both Spanish and English.
Students get lessons in both Spanish and English.(KTIV)
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 10:56 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Supporters of Irving Elementary show up for a meeting regarding school district rankings.

School rankings by the Iowa Department of Education recently ranked the District’s Irving Dual Language Elementary School as a “priority” school for overall performance.

Irving is one of the District’s largest minority-majority schools. 70-percent of Irving students are designated as ELL and ESL learners. 92-percent of students at the school qualify for free or reduced lunches. Some in the Irving Elementary community say the ranking misrepresents the valuable impact the school has on its students, as the pandemic has majorly impacted students of Irving Elementary from learning.

“I think, in this day and age, education is so much more than standardizing testing,” says Nick Taylor, parent and educator. “It is the growth of the student, again, with the culture, to be able to grow with one another in this world and understand the differences we have, and that’s what Irving brings to the table, a lot of times.”

The school has a “50/50″ program, where one-half of the day is instructed in English and the other half in Spanish. Parents say the program is a good addition to language learning courses, as it enhances it with building social skills as well as cultural exchange.

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