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School Improvement


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.

Chapter 12 Matrix

Annual Notices for Public School Districts

List of Deadlines as of August 2017

Equity Education

School Improvement Team

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.

Contact Information

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)


Dave Tilly
Deputy Director and Division Administrator
Division of Learning and Results

Amy Williamson
Bureau of School Improvement


Holly Barnes
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Mississippi Bend AEA 9.
Non-public school accreditation including independently accredited, specially accredited and exempt schools.

Janet Boyd
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Green Hills AEA and Northwest AEA.
Charter School Consultant
Online schools

Cindy Butler
Administrative Consultant
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Heartland AEA 11.
Differentiated Accountability
Senior Year Plus assistance

Barbara Byrd
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)

Buffy Campbell
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Grant Wood AEA 10 and Keystone AEA 1.

Eric Heitz
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Central Rivers AEA 7.
Open Enrollment

Fred Kinne
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
Section 504 State Coordinator
Pam Spangler
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Prairie Lakes AEA 8 and Northwest AEA.
Contact for Private Instruction (i.e., home schooling)

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 16, 2017 at 7:01pm.