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Goal Technical Assistance

Writing Clear Goals That Meet the Requirements of Anual Improvement Goals

  • The goal specifies the content area.
  • The goal states the name of the assessment.
  • The goal specifies the type of status/scores (percentile rank, percent proficient, standard score, etc.).
  • The goal specifies the desired change (increase, decrease; not maintenance).
  • The goal specifies a one-year time frame.
  • The goal specifies the students (grade, grades, or subgroup) targeted for growth.
  • This is a growth goal.  The goal is attainable and growth is expected.
  • The goal is based on an assessment that is reliable, valid, and for which the district has at least three years of trend data.
  • The goal is based on an assessment that has at least three performance levels.
  • The goal is based on an assessment whose data are disaggregateable.
  • The goal is directed toward achievement of a companion long-range goal.
  • Goal results will be reported for groups of 10 or more students.
  • The data necessary to document goal progress will be manageable and available in a timely manner.
  • The goal passes the “stranger” test.

Other considerations

  • What training and support will school staff need to reach this goal?
  • How will you monitor progress toward the goal throughout the year? Will you monitor implementation? Will you have periodic achievement assessments that can indicate progress towards the goal?
  • How are you engaging your SIAC, Board and community in this process throughout the year?
  • How can you help frame the goal as a target to aim for, not as an indicator of success or failure?
  • How will you keep your goals in the minds of the school staff throughout the year?

Contributions from Conner Hood, Heartland AEA


In order to satisfy the requirements for reporting annual progress toward state and federal indicators, school districts and non-public schools in Iowa complete an Annual Progress Report (APR) due to the Iowa Department of Education by September 15 each year. APRs include information regarding academic proficiency, academic goals, dropouts, graduation rates, attendance rates, and post-secondary data.

School Districts
The following link will take you to the log-in screen for school districts: - Contact your superintendent for log-in and password.

Accredited Nonpublic Schools
The following link will take you to the log-in screen for accredited nonpublic schools: - Contact the person who completes the certified annual enrollment for your building or system for log-in and password.

Reference Documents


Create NCLB Requirements Report

The following link will take you to a page that will you to create your own NCLB requirements report:
Please read the following instructions to help you create your report (Note: You may want to print this  page for reference):
  • From the main page, click up to five schools/school districts, the names of the schools/districts will appear next to the numbers 1-5.
  • Click the green "Make Chart" button on the left hand side of the screen.
  • Next, click your choice of "indicators" that are listed on the left. For example, click "Average Daily Attendance Rate". This will create the report for the schools/districts requested.

Public Reports

C-Plan Public Reports


Contact the School Improvement Consultant for your school district with questions.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2014 at 5:34pm.