Schools, AEA selected for pilot accreditation, improvement model
The first group of school districts and an Area Education Agency have been selected for a pilot of a new system of accreditation and improvement for Iowa's preschool programs, school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and AEAs. The pilot will take place throughout the 2015-16 school year.
Called Differentiated Accountability, the model is designed to reward high-functioning schools and programs with greater flexibility while giving more support to those that need it. It is being developed by the Iowa Department of Education with input from representatives from the AEAs, school districts, institutes of higher education, the Iowa State Education Association, School Administrators of Iowa and the Iowa Association of School Boards.
Prior to Differentiated Accountability, all districts and AEAs were on regularly scheduled site visits from the Iowa Department of Education. The goal with Differentiated Accountability is to streamline the accreditation and improvement process, with an emphasis on incorporating healthy indicators to determine which schools will be scheduled for visits.
Pilot districts, nonpublic schools and the AEA will participate in an initial desk audit regarding compliance with state and federal legal requirements; will participate in an analysis of healthy indicator data in the areas of assessment and data-based decision-making and universal instruction; and will provide feedback to help refine the Differentiated Accountability process in advance of statewide implementation in the 2016-17 school year. Some organizations may have additional interviews for targeted support or focused visits for intensive support.
Area Education Agencies
Green Hills AEA
Des Moines Independent
Estherville Lincoln Central
Maple Valley-Anthon Oto
Aquin Elementary School
Holy Family System (Dubuque)
St Joseph School