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UPDATE: 5 Dubuque schools given low ranking from Iowa School Report Card

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Kelton Williams of Dubuque picked up his son, Jacob from Audubon Elementary.

It's one of the five public schools in town to get the lowest rating, according to the latest Iowa School Report Card. 

"I have 10 kids that attended this school here, and all of them are doing well," he said.

The report card by the Iowa School Board of Education is based on math and reading skills, also college readiness, attendance, staff retention, and graduation rates. The data is based from the previous two school years. 

There are six categories: exceptional, high-performing, commendable, acceptable, needs improvement and lastly, priority. 

Other schools in Dubuque to receive the low ranking are Prescott Elementary School, Fulton Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

"The bottom line is, we know we have to continue to improve," said Stan Rheingans, District Superintendent. He added part of the issue is the disparity between students living in poverty, and those who don't.

Officials said it's also about parent involvement.

"If I were a parent, before I would panic, I would say how is my son or daughter doing? Because even in these schools that are ranked priority there are many, many students who are doing exceptionally well."

Other schools in eastern Iowa also received the low rating of priority. In Cedar Rapids, seven schools received the worst grade. In Waterloo, there are two. 

To see where your child's school falls, visit: http://reports.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard/home/index/~

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Five schools in Dubuque have been given the worst-possible ranking from the Iowa School Report Card

According to the Iowa Department of Education website, the report card shows how each public school is performing, based on certain educational measures. Schools are assigned overall one of six ratings: Exceptional, High-Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority. 

Click here to search ratings for any school in Iowa

KWWL's Shirley Descorbeth contributed to this report. 

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