Learn about Iowa’s new school improvement, support system
To prepare school districts for the statewide implementation of Differentiated Accountability – Iowa’s new model of school improvement and support – there will be several online meetings over the next couple months.
During the 2015-16 school year, the Iowa Department of Education, Area Education Agency system, and local school districts joined through Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids to pilot Differentiated Accountability. As part of this process, a Statewide School Improvement Team was created to complete a pilot of 12 Differentiated Accountability Intensive on-site school visits.
The team received a significant amount of positive feedback and several process enhancements were made. Now that the pilot process has been nearly completed, Differentiated Accountability is ready for a statewide roll out during the 2016-17 school year.
The accountability system replaces the comprehensive five-year site visits that districts used to receive, as well as many other improvement processes, such as Schools/Districts In Need of Assistance, and corrective action plans for particular areas such as special education or English Language Learners.
Differentiated Accountability is an effort to unite all of those processes into one. Differentiated Accountability is also being aligned with Iowa’s accountability plan under the newly authorized Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
To prepare districts for statewide implementation of Differentiated Accountability, Heartland Area Education Agency’s Mark Crady and Iowa Department of Education’s Amy Williamson will do a series of Zoom meetings in the next several months. The Zoom meetings are opportunities to learn and ask questions about the new process.
Below are the dates, times, and Zoom links. These links will also be posted on the Department’s Differentiated Accountability website, along with recordings of the webinars and all of the latest information on Differentiated Accountability.
- March 31 - (9-10:30 a.m.) - What is Differentiated Accountability, what we’ve done, what’s happening next year
- April 8 - (1-2:30 p.m.) - Extensive explanation of what is happening next year with detailed schedule
- April 22 - (1-2:30 p.m.) - Healthy Indicators and support you might get
- April 29 - (9-10:30 a.m.) - Desk audits - what and when and how to prepare
- May 20 - (1-2:30 p.m.) - Site visits - what and when and how to prepare