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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

No upcoming webinars are scheduled at this time.

Webinar Recordings

Date Topic Materials (if applicable)
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

Conceptual Area Tools Support Resources
All Areas Collaborative Inquiry Questions Consensus Toolkit
Accessing Data Accessing Summary Report Data Exploring Healthy Indicators
Getting to your data in Iowa TIER Presentation Slides
How-to webinars - Iowa TIER Support
Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making Assessment System Protocol
Assessment System Facilitation Guide
Iowa Reading Research Center Blog
Universal Instruction Universal Instruction Protocol
Universal Instruction Facilitation Guide
Intervention System Intervention System Protocol and  Intervention System Facilitation Guide Reviewed Interventions

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


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

2015-2016 Pilot

During the 2015-2016 school year the Iowa Department of Education a group of volunteer districts, nonpublic schools preschool programs and Area Education Agencies were identified to participate in a pilot program for implementing a new model of accreditation and improvement for districts, AEAs, and pre-kindergarten programs.

Pilot Sites

Pilot District Survey Participants MAP 2015-10-06

Area Education Agencies:
Green Hills AEA

Public Schools:
AGWSR Community School District
Adair-Casey Community School District
Algona Community School District
Ames Community School District
Ankeny Community School District
Ar-We-Va Community School District
Carroll Community School District
Centerville Community School District
Chariton Community School District
Charter Oak-Ute Community School District
Collins-Maxwell Community School District
Colo-NESCO School Community School District
Council Bluffs Community School District
Des Moines Independent Community School District
Earlham Community School District
East Buchanan Community School District
East Union Community School District
Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District
Fairfield Community School District
Guthrie Center Community School District
Hampton-Dumont Community School District
Harlan Community School District
Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Community School District
Monticello Community School District
Nashua-Plainfield Community School District
Northwood-Kensett Community School District
Panorama Community School District
Pleasant Valley Community School District
Pocahontas Area Community School District
Red Oak Community School District
River Valley Community School District
Roland-Story Community School District
Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District
Solon Community School District
South Page Community School District
Starmont Community School District
Van Buren Community School District
Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District
Wapello Community School District
Waterloo Community School District
Waukee Community School District
Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District
Non-Public Schools:
Aquin Elementary School
Holy Family System (Dubuque)
St Catherine-St Mary (Remsen)
St Francis of Assisi School
St Joseph School (Marion)

Statewide School Improvement Team

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on January 20, 2017 at 5:33pm.