1. Equity Profile
  2. Education


Education impacts quality of life, community vitality, and economic development and growth, making it an important area to look at with regards to equity and inclusion. Read more about the Community Equity Profile and our process →

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  • Student Achievement by Race/Ethnicity

    The data also shows a gap in achievement between different races/ethnicities. In the DCSD, 72.50% of White students and 83.30% of Asian students meet reading proficiency in grades 6-8, while 34.70% of Black students and 64.70% of Hispanic students meet proficiency in this category. FROM THE SURVEY: There were no comments directly related to this […]

  • Attainment/Access to Education

    More than 21% of the Dubuque County population over the age of 25 with less than a high school degree are in poverty status. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree have a median income of $42,889 compared to $26,926 for individuals with only a high school degree (in 2013 inflation-adjusted dollars). FROM THE SURVEY: 63.99% of […]

  • School Culture and Climate

    17.15% of students in the Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) are minority students, while 2.2% of staff is minority. Currently there are 23 different languages spoken in the DCSD. FROM THE SURVEY: 49.04% of respondents expressed some level of concern regarding access to supplementary services (tutoring, counseling, afterschool programs, etc.). 48.23% of respondents expressed some […]

  • Selected Enrollments

    Enrollment in these courses and/or programs can predict achievement for students throughout their schooling. These courses can serve as milestones/precursors for high school graduation and educational attainment. FROM THE SURVEY: 57.77% of respondents believe schools are preparing students for the next academic year, compared to 7.3% respondents who disagree. FROM THE DIALOGUES: Dialogue attendees expressed […]

  • Dropout Rates

    Native American students showed the highest dropout rate of 9.1% for grades 7 through 12 in 2012-2013 in Dubuque. Black students show the second highest rate of 4.0%. Male and female students show a difference in dropout rates as well with the female student dropout rate at .9% and the male dropout rate at 2.3%. […]

  • Graduation Rate

    Similar to reading and math proficiency, there is a correlation between socioeconomic status and graduation rate. There are also disparities in graduation rate among minority populations: where 75% of Black students graduated in 2014 compared to 92.3% of White students and 92.9% of Asian students. Research has shown that proficiency levels in the early grades […]

  • Student Achievement

    Historical data indicates a correlation between socioeconomic status and student achievement. In the Dubuque Community School District (DCSD), 76% of all students meet reading proficiency in grades 3-5 (on Iowa Testing Program exams), while 62.10% of students eligible for free/reduced lunch meet proficiency in this category. In grade 11 math, 86.40% of all students meet proficiency […]