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Schools, AEA selected for pilot accreditation, improvement model

Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

Public Districts
Adair-Casey  
AGWSR  
Algona  
Ames  
Ankeny  
Ar-We-Va  
Carroll  
Centerville  
Chariton  
Charter Oak-Ute
Collins-Maxwell  
Colo-NESCO  
Council Bluffs  
Des Moines Independent  
Earlham  
East Buchanan  
East Union  
Estherville Lincoln Central  
Fairfield  
Glenwood  
Hampton-Dumont  
Harlan  
Maple Valley-Anthon Oto  
Monticello  
Mount Pleasant  
Nashua-Plainfield  
Northwood-Kensett  
Panorama  
Pleasant Valley
Pocahontas Area
River Valley  
Roland-Story  
Sibley-Ocheyedan  
Solon  
South Page  
Starmont
Van Buren  
Vinton-Shellsburg  
Wapello  
Waterloo  
Waukee  
Waverly-Shell Rock  

Accredited Nonpublic Schools
Aquin Elementary School  
Holy Family System (Dubuque)
St.Catherine-St.Mary Grade School (Remsen)
St Francis of Assisi School
St Joseph School
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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 22, 2018 at 8:27pm.