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What is Differentiated Accountability?

Differentiated Accountability 2016-2017

Differentiated Accountability - or DA - is Iowa’s accountability model designed to provide support for public districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and Area Education Agencies (AEAs) when and where they need it most. The DA model is built to support compliance with state and federal law as well as build capacity in five conceptual areas essential to continuous improvement in education: Assessment and Data-Based Decision-Making, Universal Instruction, Intervention System, Leadership, and Infrastructure.  Attached, please find more details about the Differentiated Accountability process for 2016-2017, as well as contacts to support continuous improvement work.

Differentiated Accountability 2015-2016

The Statewide School Improvement Team has successfully completed a majority of the pilot Intensive on-site school visits. The team has received a significant amount of feedback, which has led to several process adjustments and a pool of positive support responses. Based on the status of the pilot and the current feedback from LEA, AEA, and DE participants, the state-wide roll out for the 2016-17 school year will be as follows:

In 2016-2017, 3 of the 5 Healthy Indicators will be used for all districts.

  1. Assessment/DBDM, Universal Instruction, and Intensification
  2. Assessment/DBDM and Universal Instruction will be used immediately.
  3. Intensification - full statewide implementation by spring.

To prepare districts for this state-wide roll out, Mark Crady and Amy Williamson will do a series of Zoom meetings in the spring of 2016. These meetings will be recorded and linked below.


Upcoming Webinars

2017-18 K-12 Universal Desk Audit 
May 12, 2017 2:00 to 3:00 pm. 
This webinar will be recorded and posted.

Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards Desk Audit Pilot 2017-2018: Guidance
May 24, 2017 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
The webinar will be recorded and posted.

Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards Desk Audit Pilot 2017-2018
September 20, 2017 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
This webinar will be recorded and posted.

Webinar Recordings

Date Topic Materials (if applicable)
03/01/17 IQPPS Desk Audit Pilot Presentation Slides
05/20/16 Site visits - what, when and how to prepare. Presentation Slides
05/18/16 Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA) - supports school improvement and reporting tasks. Presentation Slides
04/29/16 Desk audits - what, when and how to prepare. Presentation Slides
04/22/16 Healthy indicators and support you might get. Presentation Slides
04/08/16 Extensive what is happening next year with schedule. Presentation Slides
03/31/16 What is Differentiated Accountability (DA) and what does it look like in 2016-2017? Presentation Slides

Continuous Improvement

Differentiated Accountability Regional Training Google Site - Find the most recent protocols and facilitation guides for continuous improvement, including Assessment System, Universal Instruction, and Intervention System. Other resources from regional trainings and visits are also be housed here.

Universal Tier Tools: At this google site, please find the most recent version of the Universal Instruction Facilitation Guide version 3.0. This google site includes electronic resources to engage in work around universal instruction, as well as supporting tools and activities, such as the healthy indicator protocols. Note: This link does not work in the Chrome browser for state employees with addresses.

Universal Desk Audit

All AEAs, districts, preschool programs, and nonpublic schools will submit initial universal desk audit information for compliance with state and federal legal requirements. If needed, further compliance review through more detailed desk audit, remote interview, or on-site will be conducted at a targeted or intensive level.

AEA and K-12 desk audit information will be submitted through a web-based application which opens on September 15th and closes on December 15th. AEA's, individual schools and district leaders will receive a link to the web-based application from the department.

Attendance Center and Course Enrollment Data Review

Nondiscrimination Notification Guidance

2016-2017 K-12 Public Schools Desk Audit

2016-2017 Nonpublic Schools Desk Audit

2016-2017 AEA Desk Audit

2017-2018 Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards Desk Audit Pilot

Desk Audit Contacts


Cindy Butler


The Pre-K universal desk audit is the early childhood reporting application. EarlyChildhood reporting is accessed through the Iowa Education Portal. If EarlyChildhood does not show when hovering over EdInfo in the Portal toolbar, a request for access will need to be submitted through the user’s My Profile link on the user’s Portal main page. Complete EarlyChildhood reporting by Sept. 15, prior to completing Student Reporting in Iowa. An archived webinar addressing EarlyChildhood reporting will be available on the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program webpage. Another helpful resource is the Quick Guide (located under the Help link in the upper right hand corner after login to EarlyChildhood).

Jennifer Adkins

Tim Glenn

School Improvement Consultants

Nondiscrimination Notification Guidance

Statewide School Improvement Team


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 30, 2017 at 12:19am.