Iowa’s model of accreditation and school improvement utilizes state and federal law and rule to position the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Area Education Agencies (AEAs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and other agencies and programs to engage in continuous improvement. Differentiated Accountability is the process developed in 2015-16 to move schools and districts further in improvement efforts. See Differentiated Accountability (DA) System webpage for more information.
The School Improvement Team assists accredited districts, accredited nonpublic schools and AEAs in continuous school improvement efforts and with accreditation standards. A school improvement consultant may assist with the following topics.
- Annual Progress Report (APR)
- Charter Schools
- Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP)
- Feasibility Studies
- Nonpublic School Accreditation
- Open Enrollment
- Private Instruction (Home Schooling)
- School District Waivers and Exemptions
- Senior Year Plus
- Specially Accredited Schools
The following contact information includes the monitoring assignments of each School Improvement Consultant. Schools, school districts, AEAs, and members of the public should contact the consultant assigned to their AEA for general school improvement related questions or contact the consultant assigned to specific topics.
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
General Number: 515-281-8402
Fax Number: 515-242-5988
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (Except State Holidays)
Deputy Director and Division Administrator
Division of Learning and Results
Bureau of School Improvement
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Mississippi Bend AEA 9.
Non-public school accreditation including independently accredited, specially accredited and exempt schools.
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Green Hills AEA.
Charter School Consultant
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Heartland AEA 11.
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Great Prairie AEA.
Contact for whole grade sharing
Coordinator for feasibility studies (school district reorganization and whole grade sharing)
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Northwest AEA.
Contact for Private Instruction (i.e., home schooling)
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Grant Wood AEA 10.
Margaret Jensen Connet
Monitors and provides equity / MCGF technical assistance for all AEAs.
Coordinates LEA focused equity site visits
Coordinates AEA focused equity visits
Assists with community college focused equity site visits
Monitors and provides technical assistance for AEA 267.
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Keystone AEA 1.
Section 504 State Coordinator
Senior Year Plus assistance
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Prairie Lakes AEA 8.