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The purpose of the Annual Progress Report (APR) is to meet annual reporting requirements. Meeting this requirement includes submitting data/information to the Department and distributing all required reporting data/information to the local community.


A requirement that all school districts and accredited nonpublic schools annually report to the department and local community the district-wide progress made in attaining student achievement goals on the academic and other core indicators and the district-wide progress made on attaining locally established student learning goals. Iowa Code 256.7(21)(c)

See 281--Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 12 Rule Interpretation Matrix for more information.

Standard Error of Measurement for Iowa Assessments

2017 Submission Requirements

Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA), will support school improvement and reporting tasks.  CASA will house Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIPs), Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentoring Plans, and Talented and Gifted Plans. Annual Progress Reports (APRs) will not be submitted to the state through CASA in 2017-2018. Districts will report directly to their communities as the Department works through changes in Federal Legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and reporting requirements.

See ESSA webpage for more information.

Goal Technical Assistance

Writing Clear Goals That Meet the Requirements of Annual 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?

Prior Year Public Reports

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 24, 2018 at 1:30pm.