Ballard East Elementary

Summary:

Ballard East Elementary is a public elementary school located in Cambridge, Iowa, serving grades 3-5 with a total enrollment of 422 students. The school is part of the Ballard Community School District, which is ranked 26th out of 311 school districts in Iowa and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ballard East Elementary consistently performs above the state average in ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) test scores across all grade levels and subject areas. In 2022-2023, the school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science were significantly higher than the state averages, with 3rd-5th grade students scoring 74.5%, 86.2%, and 77.9% proficient or better, respectively, compared to the state averages of 66.3%, 75.3%, and 62.6%. The school's academic performance has been consistently strong, with its statewide ranking among Iowa elementary schools ranging from 66th to 158th over the past several years, earning it a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. However, the school has a relatively homogeneous student population, with a majority (over 90%) of students identifying as White, in contrast to the more diverse student bodies of nearby schools like Edwards Elementary and Fellows Elementary in Ames.

Ballard East Elementary also has a relatively low percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 11.33% to 15.88% over the past three school years, significantly lower than the free and reduced lunch rates of some nearby schools, such as Mitchell Elementary (46.21%) and Edwards Elementary (38.44%). The school maintains a relatively low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 13.4 to 13.8 over the past three school years, comparable to the student-teacher ratios of other high-performing schools in the area, such as Ballard West Elementary and North Polk Central Elementary.


Detail:

Public 3-5

 505 W 4th St
       Cambridge, IA  50046-7741


(515) 220-4306

District: Ballard Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
92nd of 565 Iowa Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,521 Help


Students who attend Ballard East Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Ballard Middle School
High:    Ballard High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.5 Help
Number of students:  422

Racial breakdown:

White:
91.5%
Hispanic:
4.7%
Two or more races:
1.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  15.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ballard East Elementary ranks better than 83.7% of elementary schools in Iowa. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.93. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (91.5%), Hispanic (4.7%), two or more races (1.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 15.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ballard East Elementary is 13.5. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ballard East Elementary is $12,521.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Ballard East Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Ballard Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Ballard Community School District 26th of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ballard East Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 63.16 238th 626 62.0%
2013 48.80 391st 624 37.3%
2014 46.71 403rd 603 33.2%
2015 45.65 422nd 616 31.5%
2016 58.17 299th 599 50.1%
2017 73.01 136th 574 76.3%
2018 78.03 84th 567 85.2%
2019 83.33 66th 603 89.1%
2021 81.95 70th 567 87.7%
2022 71.29 158th 574 72.5%
2023 78.93 92nd 565 83.7%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Iowa Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Ballard East Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 343 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 347
1989 348 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 352
1990 359 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 363
1991 327 0 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 332
1992 342 1 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 348
1993 314 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 317
1994 288 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 290
1995 291 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 295
1996 291 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 295
1997 280 0 1 5 0 n/a n/a 0 286
1998 240 0 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 243
1999 273 0 0 9 0 n/a n/a 0 282
2000 291 0 0 9 0 n/a n/a -29 271
2001 278 1 2 12 0 n/a n/a 0 293
2002 271 1 0 8 0 n/a n/a 0 280
2003 271 1 0 8 0 n/a n/a 0 280
2004 289 0 3 4 0 n/a n/a 0 296
2005 287 2 1 6 0 n/a n/a 0 296
2006 283 3 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 290
2007 317 4 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 325
2008 318 3 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 325
2009 346 5 3 5 0 n/a n/a 0 359
2010 342 2 2 7 0 0 8 0 361
2011 363 4 1 6 0 0 7 0 381
2012 375 3 0 10 1 1 5 0 395
2013 360 4 0 11 0 1 5 0 381
2014 346 8 1 11 0 2 7 0 375
2015 318 5 1 13 1 1 3 0 342
2016 330 5 1 16 1 3 3 0 359
2017 342 6 0 11 1 2 1 0 363
2018 380 11 0 8 0 3 3 0 405
2019 365 11 0 9 3 1 2 0 391
2020 377 11 0 9 4 1 4 0 406
2021 343 8 1 10 5 0 8 0 375
2022 376 8 2 10 3 0 7 0 406
2023 386 6 2 20 0 0 8 0 422

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ballard East Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 347 14.0 24.7 15.9
1989 352 15.0 23.4 9.1
1990 363 14.5 25.0 9.1
1991 332 17.7 18.7 7.2
1992 348 19.0 18.3 7.5
1993 317 17.2 18.4 8.8
1994 290 16.9 17.2 15.9
1995 295 17.3 17.1 17.3
1996 295 17.3 17.1 17.3
1997 286 17.3 16.5 17.1
1998 243 14.9 16.3 16.5
1999 282 15.9 17.7 19.5
2000 271 16.4 16.5 21
2001 293 15.9 18.4 23.2
2002 280 14.0 20.0 14.6
2003 280 14.0 20.0 14.6
2004 296 18.8 15.7 12.2
2005 296 18.4 16.1 17.6
2006 290 21.0 13.8 19.7
2007 325 20.0 16.3 19.1
2008 325 19.3 16.8 14.8
2009 359 22.1 16.2 15.9
2010 361 23.4 15.3 21.6
2011 381 22.0 17.3 22.6
2012 395 25.0 15.7 23
2013 381 25.4 14.9 20.7
2014 375 24.0 15.5 20.3
2015 342 24.0 14.2 21.1
2016 359 24.0 14.9 19.5
2017 363 23.7 15.2 19.3
2018 405 25.7 15.7 13.8
2019 391 28.0 13.9 20.5
2020 406 29.1 13.9 18.5
2021 375 27.0 13.8 15.2
2022 406 30.1 13.4 11.3
2023 422 31.2 13.5 15.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Ballard East Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 347 14.0 24.7 15.9
1989 352 15.0 23.4 9.1
1990 363 14.5 25.0 9.1
1991 332 17.7 18.7 7.2
1992 348 19.0 18.3 7.5
1993 317 17.2 18.4 8.8
1994 290 16.9 17.2 15.9
1995 295 17.3 17.1 17.3
1996 295 17.3 17.1 17.3
1997 286 17.3 16.5 17.1
1998 243 14.9 16.3 16.5
1999 282 15.9 17.7 19.5
2000 271 16.4 16.5 21
2001 293 15.9 18.4 23.2
2002 280 14.0 20.0 14.6
2003 280 14.0 20.0 14.6
2004 296 18.8 15.7 12.2
2005 296 18.4 16.1 17.6
2006 290 21.0 13.8 19.7
2007 325 20.0 16.3 19.1
2008 325 19.3 16.8 14.8
2009 359 22.1 16.2 15.9
2010 361 23.4 15.3 21.6
2011 381 22.0 17.3 22.6
2012 395 25.0 15.7 23
2013 381 25.4 14.9 20.7
2014 375 24.0 15.5 20.3
2015 342 24.0 14.2 21.1
2016 359 24.0 14.9 19.5
2017 363 23.7 15.2 19.3
2018 405 25.7 15.7 13.8
2019 391 28.0 13.9 20.5
2020 406 29.1 13.9 18.5
2021 375 27.0 13.8 15.2
2022 406 30.1 13.4 11.3
2023 422 31.2 13.5 15.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Ballard East Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $249 (2.0%) $12,272 (98.0%) $12,521

Data source: Iowa Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ballard East Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 66th of 603 Elementary schoolsRanks 92nd of 565 Elementary schools
 5.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ballard East Elementary)82.474.5
 7.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Community School District)82.474.5
 7.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)65.366.3
 1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Ballard East Elementary)7986.2
 7.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Ballard Community School District)7986.2
 7.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Iowa)71.775.3
 3.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard East Elementary)88.683.6
 5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Community School District)88.683.6
 5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)70.573.1
 2.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ballard East Elementary)87.989.7
 1.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Community School District)87.989.7
 1.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)72.572.9
 0.4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard East Elementary)85.676.2
 9.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Community School District)85.676.2
 9.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.368.3
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Ballard East Elementary)82.285.2
 3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Community School District)82.285.2
 3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)69.471.3
 1.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students391422
 7.9%
African American116
 45.5%
American Indian30
 100%
Asian02
Hispanic920
 122.2%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White365386
 5.8%
Two or More Races28
 300%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients20.5%15.9%
 4.6%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 422 students attended Ballard East Elementary.

Ballard East Elementary ranks 92nd of 565 Iowa elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Ballard East Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Ballard Middle School
High : Ballard High School

Students at Ballard East Elementary are 91% White, 5% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, 1% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Iowa Department of Education.

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