Annual Report

What is an Annual Report?

Every year, St. Malachy School and all schools in the state of Iowa are required to report to the Department of Education about the progress of our students.

Within the St. Malachy Catholic School insert in the Creston News Advertiser, you will find our 2018-2019 Annual Report to the public.

I look forward to all the things we have yet to accomplish at St. Malachy School.  I am so blessed to be part of this great school and community.

God Bless,

Jennifer Simmons

Faith Formation

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Des Moines give the Information for Growth-Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (IFG-Acre) assessment as a progress monitoring tool for our Religion classes in grades five and eight.  This assessment lets us know how well our students are progressing in their understanding of Catholic doctrine as well as their own beliefs and attitudes.

Content Standards: Science

At St. Malachy School, along with all schools in the state of Iowa, we are in the fourth year of adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) .  Students at St. Malachy have science class everyday which includes content study, inquiry based activities and engineering design projects.

Content Standards:  Reading

The Journeys curriculum by Houghton Mifflin is our Balanced Literacy program.  We also administer a fluency and comprehension assessment to students three times each year. Teachers use these assessments to look at student’s score individually and decide what focused, personalized strategies they can use to make sure every student becomes proficient in reading.


St. Malachy uses Go Math curriculum by Houghton Mifflin. Go Math is a comprehensive Grade K-8 mathematics program developed to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points. Teachers also supplement their math curriculum with Dreambox Learning. This is an adaptive, online K-8 math program designed to provide additional individualized instruction to help students close achievement gaps in their math skills.